Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
When we boarded at a military yard, we had one mare, one gelding. The gelding was a grumpy sort, and didn't get along with other dominant geldings in a smaller field, but was fine in a larger one. The mare couldn't give a hoot so long as no one stole her hay.
We moved to a German yard where the geldings and mares were kept in separate fields. Doey, my gelding, was the largest at 17.2hh and was best friends with the shetty there. They adored each other, but never sour. My gelding would act like the road would eat him if you asked him to hack out on his own, but was fine with whoever in company.
Again, the mare couldn't care less.
When we moved yards, I had sold Doey but we still had my dad's mare, and my fresh cut gelding. Dubai had lost his family jewels around three weeks prior, and was initially turned out on his own. Couldn't be bothered. When he was finally turned out with another, it was an older pony we hoped (should there be any trouble) would put him in his place. Dubai didn't bother once, and even since has never shown much bother for other horses or been barn sour.
Their philosophy was to have groups of horses that got along. They weren't going to stick a group of dominant geldings and a mare in one field. The herds were smaller to allow for better rotation of fields, but in the entire time I was there the mixed groups worked beautifully and no horse was injured from fighting.
Trust me to buy the only anti social horse. I'd sit in his field with my book, he'd be surrounded by shetlands that wandered the yard, in and out of fields, in his complete element. So long as there was food, his head didn't come up once.