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    10-14-2011, 11:24 PM
My first barn separated mares and geldings, except for one gelding who didn't get along with other geldings but did just fine with mares. It didn't bother me and I never really questioned it. My current barn's paddocks are based more on personality or owner than gender. And usually the "by owner" grouping is because those horses are attached, if not slightly herdbound, to each other.

Abby lives outside with her gelding underling, a mini mare, and her colt. I haven't watched for an entire day to figure it out, but the mini mare just might be above Abby (a 15.2hh, 1200lb horse, mind) in rank. Abby will sometimes graze right next to the gelding and other times she'll tear after him just to kick him a good one, then walk away. This summer when I worked at a summer camp, there is no way I could have kept Abby with the lead mare of the camp herd, had they been separated by gender (they're separated by camp horses and wrangler-owned horses). Had I done so, I would have had two heavily injured horses, if not worse.

I like the separation based on personality more, but I have also never had geldings "claim" mares or anything like that.
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    10-14-2011, 11:43 PM
I believe in mixed gelding/mare turnout. One reason is, since they are turned out with each other, is that usually (MOST of the time) when they encounter mares, say at a show or in the arena, they live with them, so they are a little less interested. Now of course this can vary, but that is usually the case.
    10-15-2011, 07:25 PM
At mine barn it's just a mished mash assortment. Some horses get their individual turn out. Some are on a "buddy system" (be it one mare/one gelding, or two geldings, or two mares.) and others all go out together. Often, not always, mixed gender. ..And some are rotated. It mostly depends on the horse and/or it's owner. My horse (mare) doesn't go out with the group, but can go out with either a mare, Or a gelding. She almost always has individual turnout though.

We really don't have a very large barn. I think we have 15 horses. And 6 pasture/paddocks. So even the group turnout is like 5 or 6 horses. Mostly made up of the BOs horses.

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