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post #11 of 27 Old 09-04-2010, 11:02 AM
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We run two geldings and my mare together. The one gelding is the total boss of the herd without a doubt.
My daughters/granddaughters mares are together and the one mare is the total boss and she is nasty to all other horses, doesn't matter the sex.
Like everyone else says, it just depends on the temperaments
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post #12 of 27 Old 09-04-2010, 12:17 PM
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Agreed that it depends on the individual horses. Poor Bessie has no idea how big she is and in a pen with 2 geldings half her size, she's at the bottom of the pecking order. If both animals were dominant, then I could see it being more of an issue but if they already hang around together without going nuclear, then I bet they'd be fine.
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post #13 of 27 Old 09-04-2010, 12:18 PM
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Its not an issue at all we let all ours mix and they get on fine.
Its personality not gender which decideds how horses get on

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post #14 of 27 Old 09-04-2010, 01:32 PM
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Hahahaha, the only gelding at Shay-las right now is also the Miniature and he IS boss of the herd! It's like none of them know how to fight back against a pint sized turd who's kicking them in the knees and biting their bellies! He was in with SEVEN mares for the last two years and he's the only one who never comes in with a mark on him!

At various points, we've tossed both mares and geldings in with that herd of mares, and it's the same every time - the dominant mares go after them, and the bottom rung of the totem pole snuggle up to them. I've never noticed a difference in gender, they all react pretty much the same regardless.

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post #15 of 27 Old 09-04-2010, 02:13 PM
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I have a mare and a gelding out together alone and they are both still alive. My mare is a dominating meanie. The gelding I had with her before was dominate but not with her. The one I have now is completely submissive.
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Ok I will find out then! I don't think it would be a problem at all
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The first barn and I went to where they separated the genders was also where I saw my first horse fight. It was between two mares, and it didn't take a genius to see ahead of time that they both had dominance issues. But of course it was safe to put them together because they were mares :roll:
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I was at a barn like that too when I was doing hunter jumper
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post #19 of 27 Old 09-04-2010, 07:56 PM
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If theres only two i would say that makes it more likely they will get along really well!!!
There are two minis at the barn that are a mare and gelding, and tehy are best friends... the mare sometimes does give him a boot, but usually thats when he deserves it.

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post #20 of 27 Old 09-04-2010, 11:45 PM
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Agree w/ everyone else, it's all individual and has nothing to do w/ gender. Currently my dad's gelding is staying w/ my mare, she gets along w/ everyone. The gelding is more dominate, hard to tell w/ just the two, but you can tell at feeding time (very mild, sometimes they share).

Some horses are just ill tempered w/ everyone, but over all I've had more issues w/ geldings causing problems. My sister and brother in law's geldings have lived together fine, then we put our pony mare w/ them, and the fight was on, over the mare, not involving her, she gets along w/ everyone. They've settled down now, but there for awhile poor Wizard was shunned, and Genie couldn't move two steps w/out Magic stuck up her butt.

When my dad's horse visits he stays w/ Gypsy because I know they'll be find together, and I'm pretty sure Magic (gelding) would fight w/ him.
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