In most cases, a mare is a female horse over the age of three, and a filly is a female horse three and younger.
In Thoroughbred horse racing, a mare is defined as a female horse more than four years old.
An uncastrated adult male horse is called a stallion and a castrated male is a gelding.
What age is a filly considered a mare?
A filly is a female horse that is too young to be called a mare. There are two specific definitions in use: In most cases, a filly is a female horse under four years old. In some nations, such as the United Kingdom and the United States, the world of horse racing sets the cutoff age for fillies as five.
What is a bay filly?
Bay is a hair coat color of horses, characterized by a brown body color with a black mane, tail, ear edges, and lower legs. Bay is one of the most common coat colors in many horse breeds. The black areas of a bay horse’s hair coat are called “black points”, and without them, a horse cannot be considered a bay horse.
Can a female horse be a gelding?
Spaying of female horses, called mares, is very rarely done. To neuter a horse is to geld it and the result is a horse called a gelding. This is the most common surgical procedure done on the farm and most male horses are gelded before they reach the age of three.
What is a colt or filly?
The term “colt” only describes young male horses and is not to be confused with foal, which is a horse of either sex less than one year of age. A young female horse is called a filly, and a mare once she is an adult animal.