At the moment, I have an open mare I am quite worried about. Mostly because the last thing I need is a foal out of her (she has a club hoof, and couldn't take the extra weight of pregnancy) and she is about to be in a pasture near two geldings that I am not entirely sure are geldings.
My neighbors are horse idiots, and that is putting it gently. They bred a mare who had no place being bred because of her temperament and build to a stallion that no one made me aware of, (in the pasture across from my own horses! I had foals and broodmares in there!) who is impossible to deal with, twice and got two brother stallions. They are almost exactly 11 months apart because the second one went a little early. They both have the horrible personalities and will not be touched. One is extremely aggressive and the other is very skiddish to the point that I think he would strike out in fear.
The problem comes from the fact that I suspect the aggressive one retained a testicle. You can see it when he turns his hind end to you as a slightly larger than a golfball lump. He has gone through the motions with a COW, and I am pretty sure I saw some residue left on the cow once he "finished." The other gelding I cannot get close enough to to actually tell whether or not he was really gelded or not. I have a rig gelding who is very manageable, but I don't think he is a rig. I think he just wasn't gelded right.
According to the owners, they were cut in the spring. They procedure was done at no cost by someone who was not a vet, they laughed calling him an "all around cowhand" who "used the practice for the cows". I've seen this guy's work before on their cows in the form of stitches and the like, and they are vastly overestimating his ability. I've asked them, even offered to pay for the visit, for my vet to look at the guys when he comes down next time for my pregnant mare's shots. They said they trust the cowhand's work and don't need a vet to look at the "geldings".
How do I even begin to go about dealing with this? I have found out that during the brief time my high-end broodmares were open (I raise Tennessee Walkers) there was a QH (think he is) stallion with horrible manners who cannot even be touched just across a rickety fence that we had to fix even though it's not on our property. He could have easily jumped it or run straight through it. Now we know two of his sons were just across the creek, which is easily crossable for any animal that put their minds to it, but are now directly across the fence. I have put up very strong electric fence around the whole property in the last month, along with 5' high dog mesh wire where the two "geldings" are.
Is there anything else I can do? I've strengthened fences, offered to cover the cost of their gelding *myself* just to get it over with (I'm pretty desperate), asked if they could be moved, and kept my mares away from them as long as possible. Unfortunately, my open mare must be moved up there because of barn construction. There is no alternative to her moving into this pasture. My super protective (guard dog) gelding is also going in with her, and I am afraid he might attack the two "geldings" if one of his mares are around. He nearly went at them today while I was riding him because he was trying to protect me. This is how aggressive these two "geldings" are. Yet these people are amazed that they can't halter them, stick their 4 year old daughter on him, and let them walk around the pen. They keep saying "Your horses let you do just anything! Mine won't let me do that, I wonder why? Do you give your horses shots to calm them down?"
I have sat down with the owners and asked them just to help out a little, not to mention attempting to educate them on the matter. They told me that they didn't see the big deal if their stallion bred to my mare, that they thought it would throw a great foal like the two "geldings", maybe even am amazing breeding stallion like theirs! I wasn't sure whether to laugh or walk out when they said that. I'm worried that I will have two foals on the ground in June of next year and they might not have gotten rid of this guy. Their field surrounds three sides of our farm, and he is pastured in that one field. So it's not a matter of moving our mare/foal pasture to another section of the property. So, any thoughts? Advice? Sorry this is so long!