Hi all -- first off, I'm new here, so if this is in the wrong place, my apologies. Didn't seem to fit any of the more specific categories above.
We brought two horses home this weekend, one gelding & one mare. As luck would have it, the mare came into heat this week, within a day or two of getting here.
And the gelding keeps trying to mount her. He doesn't know what he's doing at all, jumping on her from the side, in one case moved around towards her head. And even when he does manage to end up on the "right" end, he isn't penetrating, just going through the motions (kinda like a dog going at it on a person's leg)
We've double checked that he is gelded, there's nothing there, and will ask the vet to make sure as well, she's coming tomorrow for a check up and fall shots.
My question is -- can he hurt her trying to do this? I'm wondering if they need to be seperated? (We only have one pasture so that could be a chore, but if we have to split it then....also these are our only two horses so they'd be alone if seperated) We're not riding right now anyway, giving them some time to adjust to their new home and then a few weeks of ground work to get used to each other. I'd expect though that in the future she may have a sore back from it as well and shouldn't be ridden until she's not in heat again. (That's assuming he leaves her alone if not in heat, I would expect so though).
I don't know how old the gelding was when gelded or if he'd been bred prior (I'm guessing not, based on the fact that he doesn't really seem to know what he's doing, but not sure); he seems to have changed hands quite a bit.