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post #21 of 24 Old 03-16-2014, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons View Post
There's a huge difference between having your own horses at home in a mixed herd and running a boarding operation where people have entrusted you with the care of their horses.
Our herd of 8 back in the day (aside from the pony and 1 gelding) was all boarders. Turned out just dandy.
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post #22 of 24 Old 03-16-2014, 12:12 AM
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Generally around here at boarding facilities, genders are kept separate. There are exceptions too. There was one gelding that was aggressive to other geldings so he was kept with mares. The mares kept him in his place.

It does make less hassle at a stable to keep them separate. You don't have as many issues with hormones. Also, any new employees can know which horse goes to which area without knowing all the horses. A quick peek under and you know where they go.

We have kept ours together until about 1 1/2 years ago. Jackson was less than a year old but my wife wanted to keep him intact for a while. We didn't want any unplanned pregnancies so we separated the genders.

In a small herd that doesn't change, keeping genders together should be OK. If horses come and go regularly, it usually is better to keep them separate.
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post #23 of 24 Old 03-16-2014, 03:31 AM
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Wish BO would hop on here. The turnout situation is not always ideal. Its more of a mare issue that a mixed gender issue though. There are only 6 horses at the barn i board at so it works. In a larger barn setting it would be a no go.
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post #24 of 24 Old 03-16-2014, 08:41 AM
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My horses switch off, but lately I can't turn my yearling out with my two year old (both geldings) because the two year old runs him ragged, herding and biting him - I have to turn the two year old out either by himself or with my mare, which I do often as she'll put him in his place. I think issues are more horse specific than gender specific.

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