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  • Is it recommended to have a mare turned out with 4 geldings
  • Mare with 3 geldings

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    05-28-2012, 05:35 PM
Depends on the horse. With overly excitable, bossy or instigating geldings I've found it best to take them away from the girls and stick them in together - then they can muck around as much as they like without it becoming serious, like it becomes with mares. However, I've had geldings like my current one who get bullied something wicked by other geldings, but with mares, they ignore him as he;s obviously bottom of the pecking order, and therefore he doesn't get hurt. Mares or geldings on their own generally tend to sort themselves out better, but occasionally you do have to mix them up and that's when you have to really see who gets on with who.
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    05-28-2012, 08:14 PM
We have a mare and a gelding. They are stalled next to eachother and get turned out together. They act like brother and sister, haha! Groom eachother, the mare nips at the gelding (in a friendly way) when she follows him around, etc. I have also seen 3 geldings turned out together. It just depends on the individual horses.
    05-28-2012, 08:17 PM
It should be okay. I have a gelding and a mare and they are both pastured together. They are actually best friends! :)
    05-28-2012, 08:33 PM
We have 2 gelding and 2 mares and keep them in two paddocks as mare /gelding pairs. This works very well. When there is lots of pasture, I can turn all 4 horses out at once without any problem. The geldings are buddies. In the fall when the grass gets short and we begin feeding hay, however, the geldings do start to fight with one another, so we separate them.

Like others have said, it depends upon the horses. I would add that it also depends upon access to food and resources. Horses that think they have to compete for resources will fight. When there is plenty for everyone, they get along much more easily.
    05-28-2012, 08:48 PM
I wouldn't recommend it.
    05-29-2012, 10:48 AM
Depends on the horse. My gelding turned into a monster with mares, now that he's in with only geldings he's a dream horse. Most of the time it should be just fine, most of the paddocks at my barn are mixed herds. I think my boy is an exception to the rule and he cannot live with mares at all.
    06-04-2012, 12:42 PM
Just curious. But why not, Makoda?
    06-04-2012, 01:17 PM
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If you only have two horses, I think it would be better to keep them together since horses are herd animals. However, it can make them buddy sour.

We have 6 horses, 3 mares and 3 geldings. We also have two others, mare and gelding, for other people. They are all together and get along great.

We did have another gelding for someone else. We were going to separate the genders because many were getting marked/bit up. She took him to school with her and things settled down.

If they get along, leave them together. If they don't, then separate them.
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