09-10-2011, 10:36 PM
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Our barn keeps all of our school horses in one pasture, then the rest of the mares and gelding are seperated by gender. It's very obviouse which pastures get along the best. The geldings all get along almost perfectly, the mares generally are well behaved- although every now and then we'll find a nip or so on one of the lower ranked mares (it's going to happen no matter what) and the lesson horses...they're just terrible. Not only because of the constant biting, shoving, and kicking- but because our two geldings are attached at the hips to our mares. They're extremely buddy sour and will call to their mares when doing lessons if we don't use the mares, or will refuse to listen to their riders and stay right by their mare's sides when everyone is being used.
If at all possible, I firmly believe that seperating the genders is the best way to go. Even if there is only a piece of fence seperating them.