That pony’s expression, pert ears and squared stance tells the whole story. It’s playtime, but she’ll take care of her charge.
I have a feeling that the photograph was taken right about now, in mid-March. Shedding season! No doubt the children will be covered in horse hair when done. I’m off to the stable later on this sunny day, and I know what I’ll look like when I’m finished grooming Tonka!