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Seahorseys 03-30-2010 12:26 PM

Mares only?
I may be buying a house with a four stall barn and 5 acres. If I decide to keep some rough boarders, I'm considering only accepting mares. (As I have one) Has anyone heard of this?

Speed Racer 03-30-2010 01:02 PM


Why mares only?

Geldings are nice, and they don't have the hormonal fits that mares do.

My Beau 03-30-2010 01:15 PM

Sure, it's no different than a barn who does not offer "mixed turnout".

If it's a small barn, with only 1 or 2 fields and you don't want mixed turnout groups, then yes, it's okay to offer mare only boarding since you own one.

englishrider 03-30-2010 02:23 PM

No, but at a barn I rode at they turned them out by gender. The lady pen and the men pen. But if you want to go for it!

Seahorseys 03-30-2010 09:18 PM

Well I could split the pasture, but I like big grassy turnouts and I don't really want to. I don't want to do mixed, there's just too much risk from what I've heard. I guess I'm just lucky, my mare is not too bad when she's in season.

Honeysuga 03-30-2010 09:23 PM

I dont see the risk of having geldings around... I can understand no stallions, but what is so wrong with geldings?

eventerdrew 03-30-2010 09:54 PM

I think instead of having mares only, you just don't allow stallions. That's what most barns do. Geldings are pretty quiet most of the time and can be turned out with mares for the most part (depending on the combo of horses)

thunderhooves 03-30-2010 10:04 PM

I know MARES who would beat up GELDINGS and HATED other mares. It may be safer to just allow geldings,lol.

qtrhrsecrazy 03-30-2010 10:09 PM

It's your place and you do it however you want to

Honeysuga 03-30-2010 10:19 PM

Agreed, BUT if you are wanting to make some money because a LOT of people have geldings, you might want to allow them as I said, What can they hurt? Completely understand about stallions though, tooo much liability!

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