Getting a gelding to act like a gelding.
My head is seriously about to just spin off quilter...
My gelding, who is TWENTY THREE years old, is driving me completely insane.
So here is a little bit about what is going on, now that I am done freaking out. He is in a stall with a run. He has one horse on each side of him. Before this he was in a run with a shelter with one horse on each side of him and before that he was in a run with a shelter with one horse on the right of him and a larger pasture on the left of him which had other horses in it but not a horse that was next to him 24/7.
So he is extremely herd bound which makes things difficult as it is. But on top of that he acts like a dang stallion! I do not have any clue why this. He was gelded at the age of 18 months, never was a stud, never bred a mare, nothing. He will literally scream, strike, pace, the whole nine yards when around other horses. He is the bottom of the totem pole in a group of horses but I guess the fencing between them makes him feel like a BA *eyeroll*
He has gotten himself tangled in hotwire, torn down the fencing three times and screams his head off almost non stop. It is annoying as all get out. He paces if you move the horses around but then will settle in again after a bit. We have tried putting him between two geldings, with one mare and and one gelding...It doesn't seem to make too much difference. He was the best behaved when he was next to a specific mare which is my friends mare, but moving him back to her would be hard as I want to keep him out of the mud as much as I can and the outside runs, where she is, is all mud.
He moves around so much in his run that he packs down the footing to a point where it gets flooded again. We just put in 3/4 crushed gravel and sand. The front half is gravel, back half is sand. He has compacted the sand to a point that it just gathers water now. The other runs are not having this problem as the horses aren't as active.
What can I do with him?! Can I put him on a daily calming supplement? Gah, I am at my wits end.