I'm curious to hear your thoughts on them.
Primarily I'm referring to keeping geldings and mares together.
I'm going to be honest, up until I found this forum the thought of keeping mares and geldings separate never occurred to me.
My mom ran a barn for the better part of 15 years with a herd of five geldings and three mares and she put them all out together all the time and we never had any issues. One of the mares was a Shetland and one was a filly. That filly, aside from her first week of life, ran with Momma and all the others for her entire time on our property.
For the past two years we had a gelding and mare out together, again, no problems, and the last six months we had one mare out with two geldings, no problems.
I understand separating horses on a horse by horse basis - i.e. temperament, illness, one being excessively aggressive, etc., but I never thought to separate them purely on the basis of gender alone.
I'm curious to hear the reasoning that those who do separate on the basis of gender have for doing so.
I'm not saying one method is better than the other - merely that I, having had no problems with them being together, don't understand why one would choose to separate them.
Hopefully this can spark a [pleasant] dialog between the two methods of herding (inter-gender/by gender). What benefits does having all mares and all geldings have that having them grouped together would otherwise not?
Or is it simply personal preference?