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post #1 of 8 Old 02-10-2014, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Two Geldings

Rex has been with the herd for 4 months now. He is with 1 gelding and 3 mares. I am wondering about the two geldings...Rex is on the left and Pepper is on the right.

Recently we have noticed scrapes missing fur on their neck and jaw as if they've been picking on each other? It's winter here and we haven't worked them as much because thank you polar vortex coldness. So are they bored? Should I worry more? I hate to see the scrapes and cuts, I found some blood on Pepper's white blaze this AM, must be a cut, he's so fuzzy. I wish they'd quit marking each other's faces up, it's not pretty. But I guess it could be worse??

Before I brought Pepper here two years ago, he had his boyfriends who fought over him, lol and I had hoped these two could be BFFs!

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-10-2014, 12:48 PM
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How old are they? Those sound like typical playing battle scars. Well adjusted herd savy gelding should be out there stirring the pot and wrestling with each other. They are probably standing head to head amd just grabbing and biting at the other's head and legs. If that's all they are doing, don't worry about it.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-10-2014, 12:59 PM
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My boys get into little fights all of the time. I'm guessing since he is somewhat new they are just sorting out who is boss. Once they figure that out they shouldn't 'fight' so much. They might have skirmishes every once in a while to see if one of them can beat the old leader and become the leader. Sometimes Boomer and AJ get at it pretty bad but nothing super serious.
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We have threee geldings together. They have both gotten fur taken out.
Before we put all three together, my two were with a mare and the mare took tons ofhair out.

When we put all three of the boys together then they do boss each other and kick at each other - but they are only showing who are the dominant ones and who are not.
I wouldn't worry about it. They have been together for a year when May comes and they have all been great - of coruse with the occasional hair gone and cuts.

But if they seem to get worse or don't stop for a long time then keep an eye obn them. They could just very well be rubbing their heads on trees and getting cut. That is what one of my boys did for a bit when he was shedding.

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The newer gelding, Rex is 15 and Pepper is 12.

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I have 2 mares and 2 geldings together and have been for over 2 years. The 2 geldings are always picking at each other and getting nicked up. They never mess with the mares and the only time the mares go after the geldings is when they get in the way. I've come to the conclusion that my geldings are just going to have their nicks so long as they are together.
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It looks awful, Rex's neck, throat area and jaw line has fur missing in patches, his pink skin is bald. Pepper's battle wounds? are harder to notice since he's much more hairy and darker. Their cheeks are missing little tuffs of hair.....

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-12-2014, 06:20 PM
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My horse is in a couple of fields with about 18 odd horses and he is one of the smaller ones. Although its not a nice thing to see you have to let them sort it out themselves, they are only trying to find out who is boss. Because he is new he proboally will be picked on a lot and stand up for himself too. Eventually one will submit to being 2nd in command and may have a few tiny cuts that don't need to be worried about. Sudocream works great on cuts too btw :P Goodluck!
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