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    01-26-2009, 01:33 AM
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Yearling
Hormonal imbalance in a gelding?! Please help!

I have two health questions today haha!
Anywho, this is concerning my 11 year old gelding Evo. He’s currently away getting training and loving every moment of it. He’s a complete and utter dream to ride so I’m constantly told, however out in the paddock, he is diabolical. Evo loves his mares. I own two and so he’s always grazed with them with no hassles. Before he left for his training, I was having difficult time catching him. This has been sorted now. He also had become very attached to my mare Honey and would “go” the gelding they were grazing beside over the fence. He hadn’t really been doing it much but got worse towards the end of his last week at home. Honey wasn’t even allowed to graze by the dividing fence without Evo’s hawk eyes on her every move.

When he left and went to my mates for his training, he was okay for a couple of days and then became attached to the two mares grazing in the paddock next to him. He was grazing with one gelding who he proceeded to beat up every time he went near them… this is not like my horse. He used to be the big shy guy who couldn’t defend himself against any horse without almost falling on his face. I actually didn’t believe it until I saw it for myself. My mate then moved him into a paddock right up the front away from the mares. He began pinging the fence with his foot and mouth; fencing was something he was completely scared of. He got over it after awhile to a point where he stopped fence walking and being so obsessed about the mares. However since there’s no grass up the front, Evo was put down the back of the property with one gelding who used to be his best friend when I used to graze there myself. Spider, one of the mares was put down there as she needed the grass too. He has now turned Fred, his companion, into a complete nervous wreck. He has destroyed his own summer rug, as well as Fred’s and even Kosak’s, another horse who he went through a fence to get to. He eventually ended up in a paddock with another gelding who “taught him a lesson” for being such a big bully and sulked in a corner until my friend got home.

My friend has exhausted her mind for ideas as to where this unusual behaviour has come from. She’s separated him again from the mares, but believed he was heading to get Aeon, the other mare to come join him down the back or something. He has never been the aggressive type of horse and I’m really shocked to hear my pleasant big man has turned into a monster. My friend believes he may have a hormonal imbalance or something, as this is not his usual personality. I also have thought as he’s very dependant on myself, that he’s acting this way cos I’m not there. However he was doing it before he left, so I’m not sure if that could be the cause. He is otherwise a gentleman to handle, when leading, grooming etc. He has not touched the mares at all, and I did think maybe put him in with them, but my friend said he’d most likely go any horse that tried to come near the fence.

What we’re after is any advice people can give us. Is there a herb or remedy we can try for him? He has access to good grass, water and mineral/salt blocks. His worming and teeth are up to date and he is very healthy and fit.

This big man is up for sale and I cannot feel comfortable selling him on until this behaviour has been sorted and/or been understood by us and on its way out the door! Please, any thoughts would be much appreciated.
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    01-26-2009, 03:46 PM
  #2
Yearling
Anyone? Sorry to seem impatient!
     
    01-26-2009, 04:16 PM
  #3
Foal
Sorry can't really help you there, I had a gelding that used to 'mate' with the mares in season, and he used to get a bit clingy to them. Maybe you should ask your vet what the symptoms he's giving could mean ?
     
    01-26-2009, 04:46 PM
  #4
Weanling
Is it possible that he's a rig? Sorry, got no ideas other than that.
Perhaps being in with a larger herd would help? If that's an option. I moved my two horses a couple of months back, and my gelding, at first, was very possessive of my mare, but he's since gotten over it to the point where he now leaves her alone to go hang with the "cool group" .
     
    01-26-2009, 04:59 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RedHawk    
Is it possible that he's a rig? Sorry, got no ideas other than that.
Perhaps being in with a larger herd would help? If that's an option. I moved my two horses a couple of months back, and my gelding, at first, was very possessive of my mare, but he's since gotten over it to the point where he now leaves her alone to go hang with the "cool group" .

Unfortunately the "cool group" think he's uncool
He went and beat up the one horse who used to kick his butt and make him into a complete nervous wreck... I'm assuming he thinks he's all tough and what not cos he's protecting the mares. He doesn't seem to care where he is, he has to protect them mares...
My only other thought is cos this is his first spring/summer where there are actually other geldings on the property, he didn't need to protect his mares last summer. And over winter he allowed himself to be beaten up by a gelding for my mare, so it seems only recently this behaviour has started. We're all really at a loss. I'm actually going out to ride him today and see if I can handle him (have a knee injury) and if I can, he'll be coming home and not have so many geldings around him in close contact.
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    01-27-2009, 06:06 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle    
Unfortunately the "cool group" think he's uncool
Awwww, poor Evo!
     
    01-27-2009, 05:20 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RedHawk    
Awwww, poor Evo!
Watched him yesterday and boy was he naughty! But he's got a couple of horses that really don't like him now... so at least he's not getting away with everything.
I rode him yesterday and have decided to keep him... so there's no worry about selling him with this problem, its now just something I have to solve. He was an ABSOLUTE gentleman to ride. So glad I tried again!
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    01-28-2009, 02:12 PM
  #8
Started
Have you changed his feed at all?
     
    01-28-2009, 02:20 PM
  #9
Foal
How old was he when he was gelded? You can have blood work done to see if he could have some testosterone still in him from not being gelded properly. He sounds like a really nice horse other than the pasture problem you are experiencing with him.
     
    01-29-2009, 03:39 AM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle    
Watched him yesterday and boy was he naughty! But he's got a couple of horses that really don't like him now... so at least he's not getting away with everything.
I rode him yesterday and have decided to keep him... so there's no worry about selling him with this problem, its now just something I have to solve. He was an ABSOLUTE gentleman to ride. So glad I tried again!
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That's great that you're keeping him! And it sounds like he may need to just find his own spot in the pecking order - those other 2 will probably put him in his place, lol.
     

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