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post #21 of 27 Old 09-07-2010, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I think they will be fine
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Well, it really depends on the individual horses. It really does. Jack always got on fine with Rosie, albeit there was a bit of separation anxiety when I took him out. But I have known mare-gelding pairs that did fine, which stands to reason, mares are NOT gelding killers! ;)

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I agree with the above poster. Depends on the horses. My horses go in a mixed group turn out and we had a new very dominant mare come in. My gelding is a no drama kinda guy, if he's left alone he's fine but if someone gets in his face he will put them in their place...he did with her and we haven't had a problem since.

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Mine are pastures right next to eachother and I can lead them together without any problems I can tie them within a nose touch and nothin happens. If I do get my property in their lifetime which I'm sure I will just not right now, I think they will be fine together. As many have said it depends on personality and they both have a laid back don't care type of personality so I think they will be fine. Of course if they aren't for some reason I plan to have enough pasture and land to separate them.
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My trainer always turned out her gelding and mare together with no issues really. When she bought her new property, she ended up with her gelding, her mare, my mare and 2 pony mares. She slowly introduced everyone, for a while we had her gelding and mare together and my mare with the 2 ponies. Then she went to big horses together and ponies together, now all five share a 15 acre turnout.

So, 4 mares and one gelding turned out together. It's a hilarious herd dynamic we've got going on. We have my mare who is a bottom of the totem pole horse, her idea of herd survival is to go far away from everyone else and you won't get beat up. Well, my trainers mare loves her, so she follows her everywhere and the gelding is afraid he'll might get left out of something good so he follows along too. Usually he'll be busy grazing, notice *his* girls have left and be like hey, wait up!! and go chasing after. Then there's the two pony mares, they just follow along behind everyone else unless people come to the pasture, then the big horses stand there going duh..... and the ponies RUN for the people because people bring treats!

I don't think we have a single dominant horse in that group. We have no squabbling, fighting or marks left on anyone. It's like a giant group of Lemmings, all happily following the stupidest one. Oh look, she's in the pond, me too, me too, oh ooops I just lost a shoe. Oh look, she's eating an entire tree of apples, me too, me too, oh dang, now I have a tummy ache. Oh look, she doesn't come when the humans call, now we don't either!

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I don't think we have a single dominant horse in that group. We have no squabbling, fighting or marks left on anyone. It's like a giant group of Lemmings, all happily following the stupidest one. Oh look, she's in the pond, me too, me too, oh ooops I just lost a shoe. Oh look, she's eating an entire tree of apples, me too, me too, oh dang, now I have a tummy ache. Oh look, she doesn't come when the humans call, now we don't either!

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Yeah, their gender doesn't really make a difference. That's just ridiculous.

My mare can be a dominant turd, but I've never encountered any problems with turning her out with another gelding. She is dominant, yes, but she does fine alone with my crippled old Paint gelding, my draft cross gelding, and even with my old Shetland Pony gelding.

She's been turned out with each one individually at some point, although they're all together at the moment, we've never had any serious problems.

Obviously there's the usual herd dynamics, but overall its reasonably peaceful, even when she's in heat, and she just loves to make it obvious! ha

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