A filly is a female horse that is too young to be called a mare. There are two specific definitions in use:
Fillies are sexually mature by two and are sometimes bred at that age, but generally, they should not be bred until they themselves have stopped growing, usually by four or five.Some fillies may exhibit estrus as yearlings.
The equivalent term for a male is a colt. When horses of either sex are less than one year, they are referred to as foals.Horses of either sex between one and two years old may be called yearlings.
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A foal is an equine up to one year old; this term is used mainly for horses. More specific terms are colt for a male foal and filly for a female foal, and are used until the horse is three or four. When the foal is nursing from its great (mother), it may also be called a "suckling". After it has been weaned from its dam, it may be called a "weanling". When a mare is pregnant, she is said to be "in foal". When the mare gives birth, she is "foaling", and the impending birth is usually stated as "to foal". A newborn horse is "foaled".
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