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post #1 of 45 Old 09-23-2020, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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Question Clydesdale car

Hey guys, me and my family own a Clydesdale horse called Gimine and some other mares. Just a few days ago, I went to run an errand when I found Gimine sitting on the roof of our Skoda Octavia, his forward feet on the bonnet of the car. Upon closer inspection I realised that he was trying to scratch an itch on the roof of the car. He has never gone to these lengths before although we have caught him rarely attempting to sit on the bonnet. It seems that he had defecated and urinated on the car as well (My suspicious is that Gimine is in heat). If anybody has any idea as to what other reasons such as lameness or others are the cause of it, do let me know. It is also worth noting that he is segregated from the other mares and is the single horse of his breed in the paddock. He has not been castrated as is my reason for keeping him separate from our mares.

I understand that people may not believe me and spam me with criticism but if they want proof, I have taken pictures of the damaged vehicle (Images to the insurer) and a quick photo of Gimine climbing on the bonnet of it.

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Well, male horses don't go into heat and pee on things for starters. I would say that he had an itch and wanted to scratch it. Also he doesn't care about anyone's car. Why is the car where horses can get to it?

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What's ironic that I was told by a vet is that this is the likely reason. It looks like I may have been quoted incorrect information

Because Gimine is the only breed of his kind on my ranch we decided to have him free-roam through the estate. I understand that horses can have mood swings demonstrated from time to time if they are lonely. Our Skoda was originally parked under a veranda that Gimine couldn't get to. Because we are currently installing solar panels we had to move the car out into an open area.
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What's ironic that I was told by a vet is that this is the likely reason. It looks like I may have been quoted incorrect information

Because Gimine is the only breed of his kind on my ranch we decided to have him free-roam through the estate. I understand that horses can have mood swings demonstrated from time to time if they are lonely. Our Skoda was originally parked under a veranda that Gimine couldn't get to. Because we are currently installing solar panels we had to move the car out into an open area.
I could see it if he were a cat. Cats do this behavior, horses don't. Male horses do not go into heat. They are opportunists, males don't cycle like females do in the equine world. Males will mark their territory, to signal to other males that it's theirs by defecating. People call them stud piles.

There are also some horses that will poo in their water buckets and such but it's not a gender thing or even having to do with mating at all. They just do it.

Is the horse gelded? If yes, there is really no reason to keep him separate from other horses regardless of his breed. Unless he is too big and aggressive towards the other horses.

I personally would move the car or keep the horses away from it. He could hurt himself and I certainly wouldn't want my car ruined by a horse sitting and scratching himself on it. But then, that's me. I can't afford to let a horse use my car for a scratching post or extra veterinary bills.
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Yes sir, that would be a mare not a male horse
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Is the horse gelded? If yes, there is really no reason to keep him separate from other horses regardless of his breed. Unless he is too big and aggressive towards the other horses.

I personally would move the car or keep the horses away from it. He could hurt himself and I certainly wouldn't want my car ruined by a horse sitting and scratching himself on it. But then, that's me. I can't afford to let a horse use my car for a scratching post or extra veterinary bills.
Gimine isn't actually gelded and that's the reason why I decided to keep him separate from the others. So far Gimine has been quite tranquil with the other mares.

The car can't actually be moved currently since the weight of Gimine on the bonnet has basically broken the engine mounts. The car is a Skoda Octavia Wagon from 2014. So I didn't mind him trying to sit on the bonnet. The vet I took Gimine to checked up him and he wasn't hurt as such. There were some pieces of the front radiator stuck in his hoof but it wasn't something that would impact his ability to walk.
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Yes sir, that would be a mare not a male horse
That might have been my bad since I may have forgotten to mention the gender of the Clyde. I presumed the application would still be the same, since as you said male horses don't poo under heat like a mare.
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That might have been my bad since I may have forgotten to mention the gender of the Clyde. I presumed the application would still be the same, since as you said male horses don't poo under heat like a mare.
Well, actually you did mention it several times by calling him "he, and him"

A mare is not a male horse and male horses do not go into heat.

A mare is an adult female horse
a stallion is an adult male horse
a gelding is a castrated horse rendering them incapable of producing offspring.
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Can you just have him gelded and them put him in the pasture with the mares? Seems like he might be lonely, and stallions can have destructive behaviors. Horses don't like to be by themselves.
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