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    03-30-2010, 01:26 PM
Mares only?

I may be buying a house with a four stall barn and 5 acres. If I decide to keep some rough boarders, I'm considering only accepting mares. (As I have one) Has anyone heard of this?
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    03-30-2010, 02:02 PM

Why mares only?

Geldings are nice, and they don't have the hormonal fits that mares do.
    03-30-2010, 02:15 PM
Sure, it's no different than a barn who does not offer "mixed turnout".

If it's a small barn, with only 1 or 2 fields and you don't want mixed turnout groups, then yes, it's okay to offer mare only boarding since you own one.
    03-30-2010, 03:23 PM
No, but at a barn I rode at they turned them out by gender. The lady pen and the men pen. But if you want to go for it!
    03-30-2010, 10:18 PM
Well I could split the pasture, but I like big grassy turnouts and I don't really want to. I don't want to do mixed, there's just too much risk from what I've heard. I guess I'm just lucky, my mare is not too bad when she's in season.
    03-30-2010, 10:23 PM
Green Broke
I don't see the risk of having geldings around... I can understand no stallions, but what is so wrong with geldings?
    03-30-2010, 10:54 PM
Green Broke
I think instead of having mares only, you just don't allow stallions. That's what most barns do. Geldings are pretty quiet most of the time and can be turned out with mares for the most part (depending on the combo of horses)
    03-30-2010, 11:04 PM
I know MARES who would beat up GELDINGS and HATED other mares. It may be safer to just allow geldings,lol.
    03-30-2010, 11:09 PM
It's your place and you do it however you want to
    03-30-2010, 11:19 PM
Green Broke
Agreed, BUT if you are wanting to make some money because a LOT of people have geldings, you might want to allow them as I said, What can they hurt? Completely understand about stallions though, tooo much liability!

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