Keeping a mare with two geldings?
Probably most of you know me from my more recent post about our filly Roxy. She's one month away from being three years old, btw. We have probably 5 acres of pasture right now (we have several more, but we're baling that so the horses can't go in there...they get some hay, too) that the horses can go into. We're keeping Roxy with our two other geldings, Flip & Royal, because when they were separate they would always be worried about each other when one was taken away to ride, and they would neigh back and forth. So Roxy is now with the geldings.
Now, neither gelding is at all like a stud - no aggressive behavior, really. Roxy and Flip are definitely the friends of the three - they're always by each other. Royal kinda minds his own business and likes to be more isolated from the other horses. Neither of them really like having Roxy close to them, in fact. She cuddles up by them and they kick and her and pin their ears, but she just won't take the hint. She'll stay back a little more but she won't back off. Once she backed up right into Flip and her kicked her in the hind legs. I haven't seen any significant injuries, no broken bones or anything, but Roxy does have a few cuts on her back legs, right above the knees. I'll have to watch those closely for infection.
A few months ago or so before we got Flip and Royal we were leasing a horse named Badge. Roxy was in heat at that time and she would not leave his side. Could that still be the problem? Is Roxy still in heat and will just get over it once we get farther into the spring? I'm pretty sure we need to separate the horses (maybe we don't?) because I don't want any injuries. But will it be the same thing a few weeks from now, a month or two from now?
I just need some ideas on what to do. It really is a pain to keep Roxy in a separate pasture, because it's farther from the barn, and she's always neighing for the other horses. It'd be nearly impossible to ride her because leading her to the barn, reuniting with her friends, then hauling a saddle out then, taking her back to the riding arena, hopping on, and riding would just get her worked up. I know lunging helps but Roxy just doesn't like new places. If you keep her in one place and then lead her back to go riding, she's fine. But bring to to new places while riding still a new thing for her...not sure how much quality work time we'd get.
I personally think she's had quite a bit of new lately - two new horses around, and starting to ride again. I know she is literally tickled pink at having friends - she just loves it.
Just wondering what you guys think. :)
Last edited by Kerxy; 05-06-2011 at 07:03 PM.