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post #21 of 23 Old 05-19-2013, 09:29 PM
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Like I said, we had our mares and geldings together for years and many heat cycles. There wasn't any issues when they did go into heat.

It may be best to wait until she cycles out but you shouldn't have to remove her every time she goes back into heat. Once they get more acquainted, they will be fine.
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post #22 of 23 Old 05-19-2013, 09:58 PM
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Everywhere I have been has just put new horses in with each other, no getting used to each other over the fence.

In my mind there are a few reasons for that. One is that a fence can do a fair bit of damage if its between two horses that want to get at each other.

The other reason is that, in my opinion, it doesn't do anything. Horses work out their dynamics by interacting with each other and seeing who submits - and who doesn't. To work this out the horse needs to be able to bite and kick - and run away and be kept away. Being separated by this fence means they can't work this out, they're just more or less snarling at each other. Even if they got used to each other they would likely still go through the same thing once in the same paddock. It's just what horses do.

So if it were me and my horses I would just put them out together and leave them to work it out.
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post #23 of 23 Old 05-19-2013, 10:35 PM
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I'd say to let them be together

When I first got my mare last year the guy I bought her from showed up with her and just opened the gate and led her in. There was squealing and my gelding ran around buck kicking and making noises. By the end of the day they were friends. By the end of the week they were in love and married =).

They lived together for the last year and she was definitely on top, but she was always moving him around and trying to keep him away from the hay, because she is much larger than him, but I recently leased my gelding out and put my mare in with my mini mares because she was lonely. She really seems to have a different relationship with the mares. She touches faces with them and eats very close to them and doesn't chase them off. There is more squealing going on, with 3 mares together, Squeal stomp, squeal stomp.

and I think that my mares seeing each other for 6 months over a fence did make the first real meeting pretty easy going because they did get to know each other over the fence.
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