Mares in heat- Agressive Gelding
What can I do?
My barn owner has quarantined my gelding in a run/stall. He's been acting strangely, calling and pacing and such, but it all reached a peak yesterday. Apparently he gets extremely physical with this new tb gelding twice his size. They argue and try and contest for who gets to stand on the fence next to the mare pasture. If he gets within 3 feet of him they both start alpha squealing, even through a fence. And this other gelding is "letting down".
I know he's gelded. Some suggested he was perhaps "cut late". I have no idea.
Apparently all the mares are in heat. There's like 15 on the property. This is my second spring with him, and he didn't do this last year, though we were at a different barn, he still shared a fence with the ladies.
He's very dominant in the pasture, always has been, but he has never been this aggressive.
I hate that he's cooped up unable to run around and eat grass for an indefinite period of time. He's been on pasture his whole life and he gets wound when he's left in a stall.
Also, he's a different horse when I'm there. If I stand near the tb gelding in the field and him, he quiets and submits to me. He pays attention to mares in the vicinity when I'm handling him, but remains calm and shows no sign of aggression. He has not expressed any aggression towards people at all, just other horses.
Also it doesn't affect our work. I had him out for riding and groundwork and a lesson yesterday and he stayed focused.
Does anyone else have experience with this?
How long will it last?
There's really nothing I can do to help except exercise him is there?
Plus if this lasts a long time, there are plenty of pastures we could try him in. The one he's in right now is overcrowded in my opinion. How could I approach her? Under what circumstances should I approach her?
Should I bring down his grain since he's in a run all day now?
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