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post #11 of 28 Old 05-27-2012, 09:05 PM
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In my book its all about personality. I have a gelding that does not want other horses near him, mare or gelding. He tolerates one older mare. I joke its because this mare was a success at the track and so was the gelding, so really he just wants to hang out with another winner. At the same time, years ago we had a old gelding who was not fond of people but followed our old morgan around like the sun rose and set on her. If you wanted to catch him you just had to catch the mare. Lots of geldings get along with mares, you just have to match personalities.
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I keep my mares and geldings together. My mare thinks she is the boss, but the geldings don't care. Haha
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We've had trouble with that. My gelding at first was in a herd with one other gelding and two mares. The three of them bullied the other gelding till his owner moved him. Then the younger mare and my guy started to bully the older mare. The young mare was the instigator, but my gelding happily picked her side. Then he became rank and hard to catch and just generally really testing me or anyone who wanted to handle him or one of the mares.
I moved him to an all-gelding herd and had no problems anymore since.
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Depends on the horse. My gelding needs to be away from the mares because I think he is more aggressive towards them. He is also very "interested" when they are in heat.

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I worked for a guy who always said that there was no better way to ruin a good gelding by turning him out with a mare.

We have three geldings and one mare. They are turned out together and I find it a pain in the ass. They get mothered up with that mare pretty good and if you ride off they hollar at her. Usually after a good spanking they get over it and away we go. Not that big of a deal, but annoying.

Any where I have worked had always kept mares and gelding seperated. I think if you have the facilities to do so I would recommend it. I would if I had the fencing.
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Mine are different, two geldings and one mare.
At first she was boss hog, ran the geldings off feed, into things etc...
Now the two boys have ganged up on her and they rule. They don't like riding out with her when I take her and one gelding. Take the two boys out and all's good.

I've had a gelding that would KILL any other gelding. It was down right dangerous. I could only keep him with mares. Finally I found a 17+ Clyde that was bigger and badder than he and they worked out a partnership. All just depends on the horse like said before.

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I hated when I had a mare and a gelding. Mare took over and I could not get the gelding to concentrate on anything but her. What a piece of work she was. Anyway, every situation is different. Mares have just been meaner as I have seen it.

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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?

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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.
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