sigh... boys. [geldings I mean!]
My gelding's gone and got himself kicked, and is lame. He's fine, no real damage, just bruising and a big scrape on his shoulder and some edema from that, which has migrated to his chest.
Just kind of frustrated because he brought it on himself, being a bully in the pasture, and was never like this when we only had geldings.
He is lovely with the two fillies, total gentleman loves everyone type horse. He was the same when we only had geldings. But since we've had mares, he's been a real bully towards other geldings. He is a funny old dork, totally gelding-y when he has only male or only female company but as soon as you throw a second gelding into the mix he turns into "the stallion" and has to beat up the other gelding. He was ok with Mum's old gelding who was very effeminate [seriously... mare squeals, moodiness, the works] but over a year ago that gelding was put to sleep, and the moment we brought in a more geldingy gelding [not ours] Monty turned into a bully - and got a bit studdish with the mares.
He got used to that gelding, but that gelding wasn't ours, and recently left. Now Mum's got a new boy, a Thoroughbred, on lease for two years while her filly matures, and Monty has decided he HATES him. They're ok with a fence between them, Monty just makes faces, but the moment they're in together it's game on.
Monty had it coming when the new gelding kicked him [I mean you should see the bite marks on poor Ben], but still... ugh. BOYS.
Be much easier if we could keep them all in the one pasture together [for water, and for pasture rotation], but Mum's basically put her foot down and said that we can't try different ways of introducing them because it's just not worth it. Fair enough. Meanwhile I live in hope that Monty will eventually get over it because, while he has company, with only one horse in with him he can get a little bit buddy sour. In a larger herd he's fine. I can handle him and his buddy sour antics no problem [bareback in just a flat nylon halter!] but it's irritating.
Stupid boys. Our mares get along much better, never a hitch there! Of course one is a dominant witch and the other submissive and a little timid, so the dominant witch just has to lay her ears back and the timid submissive one gets out the way... but the mares let it go, Monty just hangs on to the "hate" and will chase and beat Ben to the point where Mum [in all her 25+ years of experience] separates the boys. Monty's already proven several times over that he does hold grudges and he does get jealous... but I pay absolutely no attention to Ben, and his jealousy is usually directed at whichever horse is getting too much of "his" human's time...
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 12-27-2012 at 06:26 AM.