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post #21 of 33 Old 07-03-2013, 06:37 PM
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My gelding is not a rig however he will act like a stallion anywhere near mares. He won't try and cover them but he will fight with the other boys for the mares. Some geldings are just like that it seems.

I keep him with other geldings now well out of the way of other mares, I don't think this behaviour can be corrected, certainly not by a novice owner (me included in that).

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post #22 of 33 Old 07-03-2013, 07:25 PM
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When a mare is in heat then the mare would definitely be acting funny around the guys, gelded or not. My boys however did not have any other strange or unusual behavior around our old mare and recently around a another different horse in heat.

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post #23 of 33 Old 07-03-2013, 07:56 PM
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This is not a solution, but it might help. If you put a piece of copper pipe in your mares water, she won't come in heat.

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post #24 of 33 Old 07-03-2013, 08:05 PM
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This is not a solution, but it might help. If you put a piece of copper pipe in your mares water, she won't come in heat.
Why? Where did you get that information?

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post #25 of 33 Old 07-03-2013, 08:17 PM
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It's just an old school trick., but don't ask me how it works, because I don't know.

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post #26 of 33 Old 07-03-2013, 09:10 PM
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I think I would have the vet run some bloodwork on the gelding and see where his testosterone levels are at. Like someone else said, he might be a crypt and when he was "gelded", the undecended testicle was simply left behind. I've known folks to do that because they didn't want to fork over the money for the surgery to complete the procedure. Undecended testicles aren't viable for breeding, but they still produce the testosterone to make a gelding act stupid around mares in heat.
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post #27 of 33 Old 07-04-2013, 04:38 AM
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Valerian root is used to calm horses. My friend who trains gives it the the more hyper ones (including a paint who was gelded at 5. He knows what a mare is and what to do with it AND he's a biter). Its not a drug it just levels them out more. Keep them separate until the trainer comes back and shows you how to deal with his behavior.
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post #28 of 33 Old 07-04-2013, 07:01 AM
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It's just an old school trick., but don't ask me how it works, because I don't know.

That's an old wives tail and superstitious nonsense.

As far as the OP, are you keeping these horses at home where they only have each other for company? The gelding could be reacting out of character because this is a new environment for him and well, the mare is the only game in town.

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post #29 of 33 Old 07-04-2013, 04:26 PM
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I had a similar problem when I purchased a mare. My gelding (who's been a gelding since 2) decided he was a stud when she came in heat. He would bite and jump on her, but never did anything more than that. He would basically get up there, look around and go... hmm. Not sure what happens next... and hop off.

I started her on Mare Magic and its been a 180 degree turnaround. The two peacefully coexist and I don't have any more embarrassing displays in the pasture.

There are a couple of mare supplements out there you might want to try. I tried several before I found the one that works for us.
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That's an old wives tail and superstitious nonsense.

As far as the OP, are you keeping these horses at home where they only have each other for company? The gelding could be reacting out of character because this is a new environment for him and well, the mare is the only game in town.
Actually I think this is it. He is way calmer now. He stopped mounting my mare. She is still in heat, but he is not doing it anymore. Plus, he is super easy to handle now. Its like someone put a different horse in my pasture lol He still calls to the mare when she is out being worked, but then stops after a bit. I have my mare on mare magic and the gelding on ultra calm. I have not had them on it long enough to make a difference, just about three days. But, I think my gelding is settling in to his new home and seems to be calming way down. Thank the lord! Hope he stays that way.
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