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post #1 of 4 Old 08-24-2012, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Separated geldings from mares...

Ok here goes. My gelding Shadow was never kept with mares until i brought him home, and my in-laws got their 2 mares. So i figured why not just put them together. Well i've separated my 2 geldings from the 4 mares because of his 'studly' behavior, and the simple fact that he acts like a butt when i take him out for a ride. Our yearling colt is displaying the same behavior (learning from his elder). So i've had enough of their attitude with me when i take them out, so i separated them. I must say i'm amazed at how well my horses respect the fence. Now, they are in separate fields, but i can't help that they can see each other (for the most part), they have everything they need (so do the girls). I just did this this morning and a simply and easily as possible for the both of them. I took them both out at the same time, and put them in the next field at the same time, they went straight to get a drink and proceeded to eat. Now, that half the day is over, they've been doing nothing but pacing/racing the fence and whinnying. Though they have not tested the fence (its hot ). Is there any way for this process to be any easier on them?? I'm mainly concerned about them overworking themselves from all the carrying on. Also sort of weaning our yearling at the same time (i could not help him staying with his mom for so long, had issues )
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-24-2012, 05:28 PM
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If they aren't testing the fence I wouldn't worry. When my mare got put in a larger paddock by herself for the first time. She was adjacent to two paddocks with horses still. She ran around like a nutball. I thought she was going to go right through the fence but she never did. It took a week for her to completely get over it as she had an insane attachment to one other mare that was just on the other side of the fence from her.

I had to move her for some of the same reasons. She had a crazy crazy attachment to another mare that she lived with for 9 years until they were seized in rescue. They ended up back together and it turned into a mess. You couldn't take one out without the other going completely crazy. After the separation and they had time to calm down neither one had a problem after that.
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They're just trying to keep the heard together. It's stressful when horses are moved into or out of a heard. In a few days they should have calmed down quite a bit and gotten used to the new situation.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-25-2012, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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ok good, i'm going to be splitting up the whole herd. I have 2 geldings and 1 mare, the other 3 are my in-laws. I've just been having trouble with separating my gelding from one mare in particular, and our yearling from his momma. I couldn't take my geldings attitude when i took him away and just had enough. my mare though could care less (go figure LOL). now i'm going to have fun splitting the boys up when i need to, my gelding is super attached to the colt (for what reason i'll never know). other wise they are fine, they've calmed down alot since yesterday. Still pacing the fence, but the girls just continue to go about their biz LOL, and answer now and again. Other than that they're doing just fine (thank heavens).
Thanks everyone, your answers make me feel better about the situation.

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