"Isn't She Lovely 1" Horses, Giclée
24x18 Open Edition Giclée by Kathy Winkler
In the bonding process, vision and olfactory senses are important for recognition of both mare and foal. Since horses are considered a follower species, they like to keep their foals nearby at all times.
Once foals are one to two months of age, they begin to engage in play and mutual grooming with other foals. These activities teach foals social structure. Fillies tend to bond and groom other foals, while colts tend to do less mutual grooming.