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    06-07-2008, 03:56 PM
Geldings and mares, mares and geldings..OH MY!

Can mares and geldings be "together"? I have a mare who thinks she is all that and a bag of hay but she will back down when it comes down to the nitty gritty. But my mom would like to get a horse and she really wants a gelding. But here would be our setup.

One large open stall/lean too thingy, that would convert into two standing stalls, only for feeding. Cause Gypsy is food aggresive.

Then the stall is open to a small pasture. That they can go in and out...

Then off of the pasture part is a padock. Which isnt really big it wouldnt be fair to stick one horse in all the time.

Now when we get another horse, we can stick the new one in the padock for a day or two. But have you guys had any good experiances in introducing a gelding to a mare so they can live together happily ever after? Lol if so please let me know.
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    06-07-2008, 04:03 PM
We just shove them in the field and see what happens

Misty & Eddie are best friends now :P I'm sure it will be fine if you let them sniff over a fence or something first
    06-07-2008, 04:11 PM
I think that would be okay, just try it out first.
    06-07-2008, 04:13 PM
What if they start fighting? Did yours?
So you havent had any problems? Because my BO right now said that she has never had a good experiance with having geldings turned out next to mares.

I've seen when she gets a new mare that she might think of keeping as a comp. Horse to replace her horse *the queen of the barn* she will free lunge both the horses in the arena and work them that way. Then after that she will turn them out together. Could that work?

Edit: Oh poptart the horse in your avatar reminds me of my old stallion. ...He/She is really pritty!
    06-07-2008, 05:10 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by moomoo
We just shove them in the field and see what happens

Haha! Us too! :) there are some gelding/geldings that don't get along, and some mare/mares too. Depends on the individuals.
    06-07-2008, 05:21 PM
My b.o. Is in the same-sex camp (which is one of the reasons I chose that barn). She insists that she had a lot more fights before she started doing the same-sex turnout.

As a kid, we kept mares and geldings together and they got along fine. We usually had anywhere from 2-4 horses in the same field.

I think it really does depend on the horses' personalities...possibly for larger groups sex comes into play, I don't know.
    06-07-2008, 07:24 PM
Oh yeah! The opposites attract, even if their geldings!
    06-07-2008, 08:07 PM
Lol, so there is nothing I can really do if they like eachother then its a hit if not... Well there going to have to deal with it.
    06-08-2008, 10:28 AM
Yeah, we have never had any problems :) Right now moo is in a field consisting of 2 mares and 3 geldings :) They all get along nicely
    06-08-2008, 10:32 AM
Green Broke
Where I board the geldings and mares are together. Theres 3 mares and 2 geldings. It use to be 3 geldings and 2 mares but I had to sell my old gelding soo....but it works out fine.

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