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    02-11-2012, 05:45 PM
  #1
Foal
Aggressive Gelding

My husband and I have just gotten into horses and I need some help. We have two a gelding and a mare. We got the gelding first and about a week later we got the mare. The first day they basically ignored each other but then my gelding started getting food aggressive (hay, grain, etc) to my mare. I know that this is normal and we have now started feeding them in their stalls but now he has started running her away from us when we try to get her to come to us. Is there anything I can do to stop him from doing this?
     
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    02-11-2012, 05:54 PM
  #2
Green Broke
First off, welcome to the forum!!

How long have you had the two together? If they are still in the "getting used to each other" stage, it may just go away..If not, you can just "stand up" for the mare and be aggressive towards him. Show him that YOU are the boss of the show and he is not. If you and your husband are both new to owning horses I would get a "horsey" friend or a trainer to come over and show you how to solve the problem. It isn't really something we can tell you how to fix without being there and seeing the problem first hand...I wouldn't want you to end up getting hurt if he turns aggressive towards you instead of the mare.
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    02-11-2012, 06:11 PM
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As newcomers to horses, by taking on two geldings and a mare within a short space of time you have set yourselves a daunting task.

You might be watching the heirachy of the mini herd of three horses sort itself out but the risk is that the gelding will hurt the mare. Much will depend upon whether the mare comes into season and fights back.

You have not outlined how you keep the horse, how big the pasture is and whether or not you can divide it.
Neither have you indicated if the gelding is aggressive or merely acquisitive.

I'd be looking to separate the horses and by more than a fence width. But can you do that? Have you any electric fencing and stakes as a temporary measure?
I'd also be worried if there was any wire fencing in which the mare can get caught up. Any barbed wire would be a severe risk.

Presumably as newcomers, you already have a horse and rider trainer in mind - I'd call him/her over and quickly before there is an incident. Spring is just around the corner and with spring comes green rich grass which will hype the horses up. I'd get some help ASAP.
     
    02-11-2012, 06:13 PM
  #4
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I agree with Drum Runner or, you could catch him and tie him so something secure and only let him loose when the mare has finished her feed. As for hay, put it out in three piles a distance away from each other so that there is always a pile for her to go to should he chase her away.

When it comes to catching, halter him first and then catch her.
     
    02-11-2012, 06:19 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
As newcomers to horses, by taking on two geldings and a mare within a short space of time you have set yourselves a daunting task.

You might be watching the heirachy of the mini herd of three horses sort itself out but the risk is that the gelding will hurt the mare. Much will depend upon whether the mare comes into season and fights back.

You have not outlined how you keep the horse, how big the pasture is and whether or not you can divide it.
Neither have you indicated if the gelding is aggressive or merely acquisitive.

I'd be looking to separate the horses and by more than a fence width. But can you do that? Have you any electric fencing and stakes as a temporary measure?
I'd also be worried if there was any wire fencing in which the mare can get caught up. Any barbed wire would be a severe risk.

Presumably as newcomers, you already have a horse and rider trainer in mind - I'd call him/her over and quickly before there is an incident. Spring is just around the corner and with spring comes green rich grass which will hype the horses up. I'd get some help ASAP.
I think she only has a gelding and a mare..I may be wrong, but that's how I read it.

I do agree on getting someone who knows what they are doing out to help though, that is always good advice..
     
    02-11-2012, 07:04 PM
  #6
Foal
Thanks everyone. I have a family member that has had horses for a few years now. They are actually the ones I got my mare from. I will get them to come over and help me out. My gelding hasn't been aggressive toward me or my husband yet and I don't want it to start. We have only had them about three weeks now so they are probably still in the getting used to each other stage but I would like to make sure it doesn't get worse.
     
    02-11-2012, 07:45 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Ok good! Definitely let us know how it goes!
     
    02-12-2012, 02:46 AM
  #8
Weanling
Grab the gelding first.
     

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