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  • Is a mare or gelding more dominant in pasture
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    11-03-2013, 07:30 PM
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Adding a Gelding to my two mare pasture

I bought a new Percheron Gelding, he is 17.3 hands and about 1500 pounds. I have to Mares. The lead mare is an arab and her sidekick is a saddlebred.
I added him to the herd 5 days ago. They are still not getting along.
Today the gelding just came running up and bite the arab on the back. She kicked him and fought back. I see he has bitten the saddlebred on her back also.
Is this normal? I feel so bad for the girls. I put him in his stall. My little arab is a nervous wreck. Is he being bad or is he fighting to be in charge?
     
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    11-03-2013, 08:09 PM
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How did you introduce the new gelding to the two mares? Did you put him in an ajoining pasture were they could meet over the fence? Just throwing horses in together doesnt always work unless there is plenty of space for them, to get away from each other.

I own 2 geldings and 1 mare can not put the 3 together. The two gelding will fight and do serious injury to each other. Had many a fence come down from one of them being chased through it. Also had many bite marks kick marks and lots of blood drawn.

Sounds like you need to seperate them or just wait and see if they work it out. Not sure if leavig them together is a good idea sounds like your arab is pretty nevered up from the gelding.
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    11-03-2013, 08:20 PM
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I would worry about the Percheron hurting the mares because of the huge size difference.
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    11-04-2013, 08:37 AM
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Thank you for the answers, I did separate them this morning. There is plenty of pasture for that. My little arab is really bit up. I hope they get along one day. He really is a nice boy.
     
    11-04-2013, 09:20 AM
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He might be just being defensive because he doesn't trust them - its often the mares that do the spiteful stuff with geldings especially as he's the newbie
Given his size he could do a lot of damage without meaning too so splitting them up was what I would have done - if you can keep them in adjoining paddocks for a while till they get used to having him around things will likely settle down and you can reintroduce them again
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    11-04-2013, 12:01 PM
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About a year ago, we introduced a draft cross gelding to our herd of three mares. The horses roam on approximately 9 acres of pasture, so there's typically more than enough room. Upon acquiring the "newbie", he was stalled for a few days where the mares could visit and inquire but not really interact. When we felt it was safe enough, we released him out with the other three. The dominant mare clearly made her status known and the gelding more or less did his own thing. We got lucky and the gelding happened to be pretty laid back but I'm sure if you happened to get a more dominant horse, there could always be some "battling issues". Good luck!
     
    11-04-2013, 02:13 PM
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I agree with most of what's being said.
My horse is really quite dominant and can spend 2 weeks if not more showing a new addition who's boss. You could reintroduce them slowly? Or have them together under supervision for short periods of time? :)
Good luck. :)
     
    11-04-2013, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
How did you introduce the new gelding to the two mares? did you put him in an adjoining pasture were they could meet over the fence? Just throwing horses in together doesn't always work unless there is plenty of space for them, to get away from each other.
THANK YOU!!! I learned this the HARD way MANY years ago. Herd, flock, pack dynamics are tricky and if you do NOT put some thought into introducing new animals, the weakest one will suffer. Sometimes the weakest member is severely injured or killed, and YOU, the human are at fault.
We all make mistakes, and you can fix this one.
I made a mistake this year and introduced five 2 month old pullets to my older rooster's enclosure. He injured one pullet, and she now looks like a buzzard on one side of her head. The other one managed to get out of the enclosure and my dog, "Rose" found her before me and had a great meal. I thought he would woo them, but, instead he defended his territory. (All of the others hid, survived and are about ready to lay. The rooster passed on this summer.) They are just chickens, but the same thing happens with horses.
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    11-05-2013, 09:39 AM
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I also have two mares and a gelding. The gelding has a "dominant" personality. The one good thing about my situation... my thoroughbred is"alpha" mare in the pasture, and because she is 17 hands, the gelding (who is 13.2 hands) never really stood a chance of beating her up.
I started the gelding in a pasture next to the pasture with the mares, so that they could smell each other, and just get used to having each other around. After about a week I did let the gelding out. My thoroughbred snaked her head at him one time, and he didn't even think about questioning her. My quarter horse though... went straight to the bottom of the herd. And that is where she has stayed. At first our gelding did assert his dominance over the quarter horse often, but never enough that I worried he would hurt her.
In the past I did own a mustang gelding who was terrible with mares. It was at least a month before he could be turned out with the arabian mare I had at the time. And even then he ran her so hard that I seperated the two permanently.
     

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