“Jument et son Poulain” by Christophe Fratin

“Jument et son Poulain” by Christophe Fratin
  • Christophe Fratin Animalier Bronze Jument et son Poulain
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Heart-warming bronze study of a mare with her young foal frolicking between her protective legs, a feed bowl placed in front of her with the whole subject raised on a highly detailed naturalistic base, signed FRATIN. The bronze surface with incredible hand chased detail and with an appealing lightly worn golden brown patina that serves to accentuate the detail of the subjects.

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Bronzes of the 19th Century by Pierre Kjellberg

Gestation and Birth


Foal with horses

Mares, or female horses, typically experience seasonal estrous cycles, going into heat in late spring or early summer. If breeding is successful, the mare carries her baby for about 11 months, or an average of 335 days. The foal develops a heartbeat around day 23. After about 150 days of pregnancy, the placenta is fully formed around the baby. A mare spends about an hour in labor, on average, then lies down to deliver the foal. The foal begins to stand and walk within minutes of birth.


Baby Blooded Quarter Horse

Foal with Mother

Horses are born after a gestation period of 11 months, and for the next year are called foals. In the first year, horses grow rapidly and will reach 90 percent of their adult height and 80 percent of their adult weight. Male foals are called colts, and females are called fillies.



Yearlings in field

The yearling has almost grown into its long legs, and its body frame has filled out. With each growth spurt, its hind is often 2 to 3 inches taller than its withers (the upward-curved part right below the neck).


horses in prairies

Wild horses running

Most 2-year-old horses have reached their adult height and weight. In most cases, growth plates — epiphyses — located in the bones of the legs have closed and the horse can now be ridden.


Gray Arab horse

Wild horse running in field

A horse finally reached adulthood at the age of 4. Females are now referred to as mares, and males as stallions if they can still breed or geldings if they’ve been castrated.

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