My mare bites my gelding a lot! - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 08-25-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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My mare bites my gelding a lot!

My mare can't get enough of my gelding. However, she bites him like crazy! I'd imagine it's her hormones. It's really only during a week or so during the month. I *can* seperate them, though I'd rather not. They are in a paddock together 24/7, eat next to each other (am going to start bringing him in to put some weight on him), and even when I do put several hay piles in the field they still eat next to each other. He just doesn't dish it back to her either, he just takes it. She breaks the skin and everything. He looks so beat up. Anyone else experience this? Any advice?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-25-2012, 10:07 PM
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Well first off, there's nothing you can do unless you want to seperate them. you can control how a horse behaves with you but unless you're gonna stand in the field all day & night you cant control how she interacts with other horses.
It's either a dominance or play thing and either way, he's just not being very responsive, which causes her to be a little more aggressive/assertive with him, which will result in good hunks coming out.

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-26-2012, 12:46 AM
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She bites him because he deserves it. He does things to annoy her, so she punishes him. Mares are justified in everything they do, geldings are always in the wrong.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-26-2012, 10:29 PM
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I just laughed out loud. I needed that, thank you.
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