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    02-05-2012, 11:29 PM
Mares and Geldings? Not a good combo?..

Wasnt sure where to put this, so if it doesnt fit here, feel free to move it :).

I was just wondering what peoples thoughts are about mixing geldings with mares? As in, a owner having both mares and geldings. For the past 2 years i've had mares. Before that I had both geldings and mares, without much problem. Well I recently brought home a 4yr.old gelding, to a barn with 3 mares (2 twh's and a mini). Im not sure he's been with a mare since he was weaned. The person I got him from had him about 8months and he was pastured with 2 geldings, then the person before her got him as a 2 year old and she pastured him with a gelded pony. So anyways, how do you feel about mixing geldings with mares. Do you feel it effects there behavior? He gets very panicky and impatient whenever I pull him away from eye sight of my mares. My mother feels like he's acting like a stallion, I think its just the youngster in him. But I was just curious, does anybody else own mares AND geldings, does it work for you? Have you had any negative reactions to mixing both genders?
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    02-05-2012, 11:32 PM
Depends on the gelding. Some are fine, some think they are stallions & need to protect their mares against interlopers and can't stand to be away from their "women". I will say though for the most part - "Mares make geldings do stupid things."
    02-05-2012, 11:38 PM
I've never had any problems in my 2 mare and 1 gelding household. I suppose it depends on the horses. Before I brought the mares home my neighbors stallion somehow ended up in my pasture with my gelding. They paid no attention to each other. I didnt even realize it was a stud until I went to catch him and noticed the "extras". Just good-tempered horses I guess.
    02-05-2012, 11:52 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
"Mares make geldings do stupid things."
Sounds like what a man says about a woman haha...

Back when I use to board i'd always hear people say never mix mares with geldings. I personally don't pasture them "together" but they can touch each other over the fence. My one mare is just very dominant in the pasture so I have to be very slow and careful with whom she's pastured with. I had a 21yr.old arabian mare whom she ran threw my fence :/, yet she seems to do well with my moms walker. So I guess she's picky on who she tolerates.
    02-05-2012, 11:52 PM
My cousins had a gelding and mare and they were great friends
    02-05-2012, 11:56 PM
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
my cousins had a gelding and mare and they were great friends
Of course, keeping a gelding and a mare is fine. Problems arise when you try to add another gelding or take the gelding away from his "woman".
    02-06-2012, 12:00 AM
Green Broke
My horse is in with mares and geldings on 60 acres and there are no problems.
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    02-06-2012, 12:01 AM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Of course, keeping a gelding and a mare is fine. Problems arise when you try to add another gelding or take the gelding away from his "woman".
I've had a gelding and stallion, with 2 mares. Granted the stud was only 2, but he was actually great friends with my gelding. You could walk out in the pasture and pull the stud from the group and he minded just fine. My new gelding on the other hand... im not sure if maybe it was because he's not use to mares, or its just his particular temperament. For example, we let our mares out first so we can separate them from the gelding, and he goes nuts in his stall. Then when he's out in the pasture he will continue to act frantic until the miniature is put out to pasture or one of my walkers walks over to the fence near him.
    02-06-2012, 12:06 AM
Green Broke
My gelding loves mares. He prefers mares over geldings, and until this past week was turned out with mares. A horse left, leaving an empty spot open in a bigger, better pasture. They turned the mare back out with the mares, and my little guy out with the geldings
    02-06-2012, 12:07 AM
I had a gelding & a mare together for years. He was there when she foaled, he weaned her foals, which were colts, he didn't care, he thought HE was the dad, lol. He also tried to beat up a stallion at a show because he looked at his "woman". He always tried to kill a mini gelding we put with him & his "woman." Fortunately this mare liked the little mini & saved him. As this gelding got older, and I sold his "woman", he cared less & less about mares.

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