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post #1 of 18 Old 06-22-2012, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Does This Seem Unusual To You?

My horse has only been at the new barn for 3 days and he's been acting very strange. (he is a gelding)

The first day he was by himself. The second day they moved him in with two mares, two foals & another gelding. He has never been with mares before.

I came on the third day (today) and he has completely changed, he is extremely herd bound to one of the mares and it is almost impossible to separate them. He went crazy when she left and when we all went on a trail ride, he followed her every step.

This is strange to me because he has never even been with a mare before and now he's extremely herd bound after ONE DAY. He has been with the same gelding the whole time at my old barn and separating them was no problem at all. He has never been this herd bound.

Is this unusual to you?
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-22-2012, 09:08 PM
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My gelding is terribly attached to my mare.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-22-2012, 09:08 PM
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sounds strange for sure
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post #4 of 18 Old 06-22-2012, 09:10 PM
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This is one of the reasons why mares should be with mares, and geldings with geldings. Mares will drive the boys nuts.

Its not unusual, but its annoying. Back to the basics of seperation for your boy.
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-22-2012, 09:10 PM
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Hormones I'm guessing. It's like putting a boy, that doesn't go to a co-ed school, into public school. For awhile he's going to be a little girl crazy!

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post #6 of 18 Old 06-22-2012, 09:11 PM
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Was he an "only horse" at his prior location?
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-22-2012, 09:39 PM
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I've heard it's really common for geldings to get attached to mares. In my short experience it doesn't change with time either, your best bet would be to separate him to a pasture without mares.
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-22-2012, 10:10 PM
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Never heard of it happening out here, lol. Lots of ppl have geldings pastured with mares and they are easy to remove ande alone.

My own gelding is attached to his momma (my mare) but is more than willing to ride by himself or without the mares and he's the only gelding in a pasture full. My stallion is basically the same way.

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post #10 of 18 Old 06-22-2012, 10:17 PM
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Herd bound or feeling safe with a herd and a lead mare. This is natural for horses. The horse that isn't within the bounds of the herd gets eaten.
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