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  • Gelding doesn't like being corralled

 
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    01-20-2012, 11:08 AM
  #1
Weanling
What do you think this would do to him?

SOOOOO I'll try to make a long story short. I have 2 horses that I bought as a pair. They are both 10 yrs old and are reputed to be beginners horses. One of them is and one of them probably is but needs someone far stronger than I am. They've been together for years so I'm worried about what I want to do. I want to sell the mare. She's hard for me to handle and quite frankly we don't like each other very much. It's not that she's a bad horse but that together we make an awful pair. Right now the gelding is already skinny. I've been working on bulking him up (which has been difficult as she'll chase him off the hay). I figure when she is gone I could do free choice hay for him and he'd improve much faster. I was going to get a companion horse for him, my inlaws have a very old mare that they are willing to transfer over to my pasture. Do you think he'll drop weight if I do this? I'm worried about him thinning down anymore than he already is.
     
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    01-20-2012, 11:11 AM
  #2
Foal
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Originally Posted by furbabymum    
SOOOOO I'll try to make a long story short. I have 2 horses that I bought as a pair. They are both 10 yrs old and are reputed to be beginners horses. One of them is and one of them probably is but needs someone far stronger than I am. They've been together for years so I'm worried about what I want to do. I want to sell the mare. She's hard for me to handle and quite frankly we don't like each other very much. It's not that she's a bad horse but that together we make an awful pair. Right now the gelding is already skinny. I've been working on bulking him up (which has been difficult as she'll chase him off the hay). I figure when she is gone I could do free choice hay for him and he'd improve much faster. I was going to get a companion horse for him, my inlaws have a very old mare that they are willing to transfer over to my pasture. Do you think he'll drop weight if I do this? I'm worried about him thinning down anymore than he already is.
it depends on the horse and how tight the gelding has bonded with the mare,and if he is a worrier (pacing,calling,not eating)

but as long as he has a companion, he will adjust. I would make sure to get that companion over to him A.S.A.P once she is gone, os he is not alone and worrying... a lot of weight can be lost in just a couple days when they are stressing.

Free choice hay sounds like the way to go.
     
    01-20-2012, 11:13 AM
  #3
Weanling
I'd be doing free choice now but she wouldn't let him eat. As it is I feed them apart and still have to stand in between them until he's done eating. I intend to build stalls as soon as the ground is soft enough to drop a couple poles. Until them I'm stuck as is.
     
    01-20-2012, 11:32 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by furbabymum    
I'd be doing free choice now but she wouldn't let him eat. As it is I feed them apart and still have to stand in between them until he's done eating. I intend to build stalls as soon as the ground is soft enough to drop a couple poles. Until them I'm stuck as is.

Can you feed them farther apart and create multiple hay piles? 4 piles 2 two horses? ( you probably already have tried this, but thought I would throw it out there)

But good luck! :) hope everything works out.
     
    01-20-2012, 11:41 AM
  #5
Weanling
If there's any way to separate them for feeding until you can sell her I would. How does he act when she's taken out of the pasture without him? If he's not stressed out during that time I'd say it's a reasonable bet he'd do ok without her.
     
    01-20-2012, 11:44 AM
  #6
Trained
I have a dominant gelding who is in with a pony mare, he is food aggressive and if I only have 1-2 piles the pony would never get to eat. Soooo... I take their hay ration, separate it out by flakes, and place each flake about 20 feet away from the next. He has gotten better with this method, so now I can have 2-3 flakes per pile, but I still usually have 6-7 little piles of hay around.

Just a thought, when I went on vacation I had 2 round bales delivered in order to make it easier for my relatives to take care of the horses. I had 2 because of the gelding's aggression, I didn't think he'd let the pony eat if I just had one.. Much to my surprise they ate off the same one constantly. There was no aggression on his part towards her..

I don't really like separating long term companions, but if you think it's the best for your situation make sure you have the new horse lined up to come over relatively quickly.
     
    01-20-2012, 11:53 AM
  #7
Weanling
The problem is that I HAVE to feed them in the barn. Our normal wind is 30mph and it's not unusual for it to get up to 90mph. The hay would blow away before they got to eat it. So I feed them in separate parts of the barn. I tried putting a temporary fence up but she plowed through it and I was terrified she injured herself (she didn't thank goodness). So, right now I'm standing between them for the hour or so it takes them to eat and even then she can bully him off with just a look. I'm hand feeding him. It's a pain in the.......

My inlaws just live a mile from us so the mare could be over at our house before Sally is even gone.

As for separation. He doesn't like being away from her. I don't know if that would transfer well to having another horse companion or not. I'm hoping it does.
     
    01-20-2012, 12:04 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by furbabymum    
The problem is that I HAVE to feed them in the barn. Our normal wind is 30mph and it's not unusual for it to get up to 90mph. The hay would blow away before they got to eat it. So I feed them in separate parts of the barn. I tried putting a temporary fence up but she plowed through it and I was terrified she injured herself (she didn't thank goodness). So, right now I'm standing between them for the hour or so it takes them to eat and even then she can bully him off with just a look. I'm hand feeding him. It's a pain in the.......

My inlaws just live a mile from us so the mare could be over at our house before Sally is even gone.

As for separation. He doesn't like being away from her. I don't know if that would transfer well to having another horse companion or not. I'm hoping it does.
can you do a trade? Bring your in-laws old mare to your place and take the dominant mare over there?

That way he might have a better chance to eat and you won't have to stand there...

Just feeling sorry for him and you for having to stand there.

Again just throwing alternatives out there, to try and make things easier
     
    01-20-2012, 12:20 PM
  #9
Weanling
They did tell me they could trade over now. They have a few other horses so she would be corralled instead of having free roam of 40 acres like she has now. I do think we'll switch them. For the poor starved paso fino's sake if nothing else.
     
    01-20-2012, 12:33 PM
  #10
Trained
Is the barn the only windbreak in their area?
     

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