but this reminds me of the herd of horses stranded by flood waters... and we discovered they were all bred/raised for slaughter... these mares look like prime breed for the same purpose.
I hope they are not and I hope they are loved..
Regarding a broodie about to pop, I still have nightmares about his mare. In the Pyrennees, in France, farmers/breeders buy rights to graze their horses/cows/sheep/goats in the high meadows throughout the summer. I have no idea how often they come and check on them.
This "little mare" was huge and had a yearling at her side. I really hope she was only carrying one foal. But what really disturbed me was what our host at the b & b had told us the night before. She asked if we had seen a lot of vultures. I love birds but I truly hate vultures and they are really ugly. And yes, we had seen quite a few. She then related the fact that because of EEC rules and the BSE threat, farmers were no longer allowed to leave carcasses of animals in the mountains for the vultures to clean up. The birds have become very hungry and in some cases, are starving. For this reason, vultures have been seen attacking cows, ewes and mares when they give birth. They have been known to kill both baby and mother. Imagine my worry seeing this mare AND 5 vultures in the vicinity. I petted her and wished her the best of luck!!! But I cannot forget her!