Four Orphaned Foals Are Taken In By Gentle Gelding

Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE resident 5-year-old gelding, Bucket, has a new role that he is excelling at.

Normally orphaned foals are put with a mare to show the youngsters how to be a horse. Many mares will look after and love the foal as her own. However, Bucket’s gentle nature has awarded him with the task of “foster parent”. He does an amazing job at showing the foals how to graze and how to run without running into each other. In the video, it shows the small herd cantering in unison.

Photo: Facebook/ Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE

Photo: Facebook/ Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE


“Thus it is important for orphan foals to be raised around other horses. This helps these orphans experience normal social interactions. A safe adult horse, such as Bucket the Quarter Horse gelding, can help the foal learn how to fit into the social hierarchy. A safe adult horse can also provide guidance on what behaviors are appropriate, and this will help the foal have a successful future,” posts Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE.

Photo: Facebook/ Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE

Photo: Facebook/ Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE

Soon the foals will be put up for adoption, once they have learned all Bucket has to teach them. For now they are enjoying being together and are usually seen right next to him.

Watch the adorable herd below.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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