The first moments of life are extremely important for the relationship between the newborn foal and human beings. This very first contact has been called "imprinting" by the famous animal psychologist Conrad Lorenz. The presence and assistance of the owner creates an atmosphere of trust and well-being in the relationship between newborn foal and men, but also an atmosphere of trust between the mother and their owners.
We are always present when our mares are giving birth helping, soothing and assisting when it is necessary. Touch and voice contact are extremely important also during the mares' pregnancy. We are convinced that the foal already knows us before it gets delivered into this world.
The first gulp of milk (colostrum) full with valuable protecting substances milked from the mother is supplied by us immediately after cleaning and disinfecting the umbilical cord. It is important to give the colostrum during the first 2 hours of life of the foal to protect it from dangerous diseases.
Then we help the little creature to get up and to find the mother's udder. These very intimate moments where only we are present without intruding or disturbing the relation between mother and newborn are the "imprinting" that makes horses so special.