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post #1 of 15 Old 09-22-2012, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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New Gelding in Private Paddock between Mares

Hi, I think I've found a boarding facility for my new gelding, has everything I was looking for and nice owner. However, all horses have individual small paddocks separated by post fences. The only one available is one between two mares. One mare is low key, the other one not so much. Do you think he would settle down ok there or feel like he's boxed in too much, if you know what I mean. The horses can reach over the fence. There is enough room that he doesn't have to be close to either fence except by choice,. Anything I should watch for to indicate its not a good situation for him once he settles in a bit? Thank you for your help.
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-22-2012, 11:06 AM
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unless there is some sort of MAJOR personality conflict, Im will to bet your horse will settle in just fine amongst a couple of mares:) I wouldnt worry yourself about it until AFTER (IF) a problem arises.
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-22-2012, 02:41 PM
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depending on what fencing is used, if a horse kicks, it could get caught in a fence, they can bite each other over fences.
He could 'fall in love' with one of the mares and not want to leave her . ;)
silly geldings .. fall in love easy ...
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I don't think there will be much of an issue, as he is gelded. There may be a few squeals and sniffs over the fence to begin with - but this is going to happen with most horses.

Since they don't have to be with each other (same paddock), I wouldn't worry. He might actually prefer the company of being able to hear, see, have contact over the fence - with other horses.

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post #5 of 15 Old 09-23-2012, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your advice. I wish the paddocks were a little bigger but he does have room to move away from fence if he needs to. I just didn't want him to feel boxed in and I didn't know if I should look further for a boarding situation that has bigger paddocks for turn out. He's with a very dominant mare now and he's a little stressed by it but I thought since they are individual paddocks it might be okay since no pushing away from food will be able to happen.
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I think you should look for a different boarding situation, if you feel the turn out is too small inn general. Not because of the mare. Unless she is physically launching herself at the fence consistantly and your gelding is standing right there - I honestly think he will be fine.

He can move away from her, there is a fence in between. :)
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depending on what fencing is used, if a horse kicks, it could get caught in a fence, they can bite each other over fences.
He could 'fall in love' with one of the mares and not want to leave her . ;)
silly geldings .. fall in love easy ...
I have a mare and there is another mare that is in love with mine. she calls and stompes and kicks every time I take my mare out and they go out in pasture together so when I want to get her out the other mare will block the exit. My mare does not really seem to even like her though poor thing
so not only gelding and mares will fall in love lol
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-24-2012, 12:11 AM
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I think it will be fine. About how big are the turnouts, and how often will you be able to ride your gelding?

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Paddocks are about 10' by 20' and I can ride 2-3x a week.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-24-2012, 11:46 AM
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wow 10' x 20' is pretty small in my opinion. i thought my boy's turnout was on the small side and his is 25' x 75' i believe if not slightly bigger. :/
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