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File:Fjording, mother and daughter.jpg
A filly with her dam (mother)

A filly is a young female horse too young to be called a mare. There are several specific definitions in use.

  • In most cases filly is a female horse under the age of four years old.
  • In some nations, such as the United Kingdom, the world of horse racing sets the cutoff age for fillies as younger than five years.[1]

The equivalent term for a male is a colt. When horses of either sex are less than one year of age, they are referred to as foals.[2] Horses between one and two years of age may also be called yearlings.

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