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post #1 of 17 Old 07-10-2013, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Pasturing mare and gelding together

I am getting a gelding and I already have a mare. Is it okay to pasture them out together. I don't have any other horses so they will be the only two. Is it a bad idea to pasture them together?
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-10-2013, 09:10 PM
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Yes, I am sure they will be fine. Can you pasture them separately at first so they can get used to each other before putting them into a single pasture?
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-10-2013, 09:16 PM
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While there is no guarantee ANY two horses will get along, your mare will probably be happy to have another horse around. Like Goneriding said, it will help ease the transition if you can let them get used to seeing each other around maybe meet over a fence before turning them out together.
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I 100% agree with the previous posters! To add, you may find that your mare turns into a huge "hussy" or that your gelding get a bit overprotective of the mare, but both of those things can be solved relatively easily. There's certainly no for-sure reason not to pasture them together!

I know my mare can't be pastured with geldings because she starts herding them around, cornering them to lick them, etc and she gets unbearably herd-bound to her "gelding of choice." So I choose to not have her around geldings because I don't want to deal with it [among other reasons]. But, if I were to take the time, I'm sure she'd get over it.

My mare's also the only mare I've ever seen behave like she does. I've been around plenty of mixed gender herds without witnessing nearly the level of drama my girl creates over a single gelding. So you're probably safe. :)
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I know my mare can't be pastured with geldings because she starts herding them around, cornering them to lick them, :)
Hahahaha...She corners them and licks them? Well, whatever floats her boat, I guess.

We have two mares and a gelding together. The gelding is in hog heaven!

Horsses can be so entertaining. Well, sometimes not...but mostly I think they are.
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Hahahaha...She corners them and licks them? Well, whatever floats her boat, I guess.
She really does. It's possibly the most horrifying thing ever. And she gets super into it. SO not ok, Lacey!!

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I have two mares, two geldings and a four month old filly pastured together. No problems. The most I have seen is when the girls are in season, they pee a lot and wink and get very flirty with one of our geldings. The poor boy is so confused when his hormones kick in. But he has never mounted either mare or done anything wrong. Everyone gets along well. They all protect the filly as well.
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Awww Lacy, poor old woman just wants a man in her life... Isn't Atticus enough for her? LOL. Love love love that mare and her crazy quirks! I might end up camped out in your backyard someday Wallaby...beware.

@ OP, we have a mixed herd currently. I have found that geldings (or sometimes mares) do sometimes tends to be clingy to their 'girlfriends' but as the others said, you can fix that with training if it happens. This happens in single-gender herds too though, so its not necessarily JUST because its a mare and gelding.

The only issue I ever have with mixed herds is if the gelding things he's a stallion and likes to mount the mare or herd her with biting. Both of those can lead to infection or marks.
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I have a mare and a gelding together and never any issues with it. They both get along real good my mare can be a hussy but my gelding just walks away. He shows no interest in her when she's in heat.
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My gelding has always lived in mixed gender herds and there's never been anything wrong with that. They'll be most likely ok, if you transition them correctly!

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