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post #1 of 7 Old 12-16-2014, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Gelding being rude to Mare please help.

My new mare came into heat as soon as she saw another horse. I brought my six year old made home Sunday. Anyway. My gelding has been showing his teeth and throwing his head around when he can smell her heat. Today they were in separate fields and my mare had her hind end up to the fence and my gelding put his head over the fence and tried to bite her. She squealed in annoyance. Then a few minutes later he bit her flank and she squeeled and walked away. My new mare has also been kicking at him in annoyence too. So why is my gelding acting this way? Is it because she's new? He was around a mini mare back at his old home and he never did this. My mare I have now is 13.1 hands tall. We have had other geldings at our place and he was always a gentleman to them. Now he's acting rude I don't know why. Please help.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-16-2014, 10:24 PM
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Sounds like she is instigating him and it sounds like 100% normal horse behavior. If she was intimidated or scared of his "rudness" she'd stay away from him. So long as they aren't running one another into the ground or attempting to kill eachother they are fine. Just horses trying to figure out who's who.
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You are not witnessing "rudeness" you are witnessing a male horse flirting with a female and vice versa. This is normal behavior.
Stallions nip the mare to see if they are receptive. Mares kick at stallions to encourage the attention. The squeals you heard are the horses interacting and not in a negative way.
I have two mature stallions and a stallion prospect and over 25 mares. I would be very disappointed if my stallions did not nip the mares and the mares did not squeal. I would be out of the breeding business. Shalom
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-17-2014, 10:25 AM
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I have two mature stallions and a stallion prospect and over 25 mares. I would be very disappointed if my stallions did not nip the mares and the mares did not squeal. I would be out of the breeding business. Shalom
LOL my mom's boss mare is a mindless zombie when she is in heat. Half dead and have to drag her forward when around boys especially if she knows they are good for making babies. With a stallion for live cover, she won't budge an inch no matter how long the boy is on her back not does she want to move even after the deed is done. She is so relaxed, you would almost think she is drugged with her head hanging to the ground and eyes glazed over. Which is quite the change from her normal high energy, micromanaging the herd and forward thinking brain.

When my mom had bought her and first introduced her to the herd, there was a young gelding that she swooned over. This caused a problem within the pecking order because the dominant mare took over the herd except for the gelding she was in love with. That gelding however was at the bottom of the pecking order and so there was a full circle to the pecking order and a moving carousel of horses at feeding time until my sister took her lovely gelding away to another state a few years later.

But I agree, the OP's horses are displaying normal behavior. Things should settle down when the mare stops flirting so directly ;
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I second Dbarabians and Sunny Draco's opinion, I have a gelding, the one I allow to run around with my mare, and he acts like that when she is on the other side of the fence or in heat. They are stalled next to each other. I often joke with my vet, if she was sure she took out all his testicles. He can act very studdy.
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My mares do this with each other when in season!!!
If you're worried about either of them getting injured in the fence if they're kicking or striking at it then run some electric tape far enough away that they can't touch the fence
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-17-2014, 01:35 PM
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Your mare is enjoying his behavior. i have a arab mare who torments her gelding neighbor. i swear he knows what to do with a mare. her rear end is always covered in bites around breeding season. Worst was when she had a nasty bite under her tail from him GRABBING the base of her tail and swinging her butt to him.... Yeah good times...
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