Mares most readily conceive when served at the “foal heat” eleven days after foaling.
The prodigy connected with this siege of Babylon was the foaling of a mule.
The mare should be left quite to herself when foaling, except in extreme cases, which fortunately very rarely occur.
She will be the better for light working till near the time of foaling, if well, but not too abundantly fed.
A brood mare requires plenty of exercise at a slow pace and may work, except between shafts or on a road, till the day of foaling.
Old English fola "foal, colt," from Proto-Germanic *fulon (cf. Old Saxon folo, Middle Dutch and Dutch veulen, Old Norse foli, Old Frisian fola, Old High German folo, German Fohlen, Gothic fula), from PIE *pulo- "young of an animal" (cf. Greek polos "foal," Latin pullus "a young animal," Albanian pele "mare"), from root *pau- "few, little" (see few).
"give birth (to a foal)," late 14c., from foal (n.). Related: Foaled; foaling.