Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks
Yes, absolutely. There was some study done showing that gelding kept with only other gelding and no mares tend to be more nervous or sleep deprived or something like that. Also, if your gelding can't handle being around mares, (and vice versa) they need some more training. There is the rare horse that really truly can't handle them, but 90% of the time with good training and handling they will get over it. Also, it's not like you can just avoid mares (or geldings if you have a prissy mare). What if you come upon a horse if the opposite sex at a show or on the trail and your horse just flips out?
Where did you read about this study? I have never heard such a thing, unless the gelding was previously in with a mare then seperated for the study, then yes I would imagine there would be some anxiety.
Just because someone doesn't pasture their geldings and mares together doesn't mean that they will not be able to deal with the opposite sex in a situation whether it be a show or an encounter on a trail.
There is a reason why big ranches that run a lot of horses keep them seperated. I realize that all situations are different. But in larger herds it does make for a more harmonious herd. One example is I rode of the only saddle mares on the last ranch we worked on, everything else was geldings. When we went up to the summer camp we turned all of them out together for lack of seperate pastures for geldings amd mares. I have never had so many skinned up geldings for fighting with each other. Also she was a sneaky b!tch when it was time to gather all the horses in to catch up horses for the next day she would peel out and take all the boys with her. So either I had to be riding her to bring everyone in or get a rope on her and pony her to get all the boys in. They just get so attached to mare, in my experience. While they might have their other gelding buddies but I have noticed more of an attachment to a mare than another gelding. Again this all from my experience and I realize that not everyone that has mares and geldings will have that problem. Posted via Mobile Device