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post #11 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 12:46 AM
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I think it depends on the individuals.

In larger herds it may become more of an issue. Many places I have boarded at with large (20 or more) constantly changing herds kept the sexes apart and apparently that reduced issues. Maybe not so much with the mares, but the geldings seemed pretty settled.

With smaller sizes though I don't think sex has a lot to do with it.
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post #12 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 12:58 AM
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There are lucky people who can mix geldings & mares together. Thus far in my equine keeping, I am not lucky. All my geldings fell deeply, madly, in love with mares and did stupid things to be near those bewitching mares. I decided my horsekeeping life would be easier if I just had all boys or all girls, no mixing.
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i have 2 mares that have hissy fits when separated . An older gelding paired up with an older mare and just turned out one of the other geldings and they really are not accepting him . the 3 geldings that had been turned out with each other have a bond.
I have the draft mixes out together 2 mares 1 gelding .
They become a herd within their little groups.
I have an arab mare , I cannot turn out with any gelding. She had been used as a brood mare by a past owner, and she is nasty to the geldings and they run her off. (shes naughty)
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post #14 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 04:33 AM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
There are lucky people who can mix geldings & mares together. Thus far in my equine keeping, I am not lucky. All my geldings fell deeply, madly, in love with mares and did stupid things to be near those bewitching mares. I decided my horsekeeping life would be easier if I just had all boys or all girls, no mixing.

Quite often that is just a phase of mixing the new together and it depends how acceptable you find their behaviour when together.
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post #15 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 04:37 AM
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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.
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post #16 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 07:20 AM
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We've had mixed herds, all-gelding herds, and now an all-mare herd.

My gelding was herd-bound and would stress himself silly if he didn't have company. He didn't care what kind of company, just had to be company.

Mum had a gelding that HATED mares. He would attack them. So when we added a young filly, that was a very interesting first few days - Mani would try to attack the weanling, Monty would protect her. Nobody got hurt but had Monty not been there, the foal could well have been.

Monty mothered the foal. He'd have made a superb weanling nanny for a stud farm, honestly.

The mixed herd worked well once Mum's mare-hating gelding got over the fact that there was a filly in with them.

Both geldings have since passed away, and Mum has two mares, pastured with my client's young mare.
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post #17 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 08:16 AM
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I like mixed herds or all gelding herds for the boys that get too attached to mares. I have never seen an all mare pasture end well!
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post #18 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 08:23 AM
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Three or five is not a good number even if all one gender. Two geldings work fine with one mare as she'll rule the roost. Two mares and one gelding, he usually gets bullied. Three same gender, one is always getting bullied, so two or four often works better. This is not hard fact, just my observations.

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We had all mares (4) for more than 10 years without problem but they do seriously enforce their pecking order.
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post #20 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 01:27 PM
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Saddlebag, I had an old friend (RIP Wertzy) that always said the same as you. Odd numbers equaled an odd man out.

Thankfully my little herds of odd numbers all get along quite well and in the 2 herds of 1 gelding & 2 mares the geldings are the bosses. In the herd of 4 geldings and 1 mare a gelding is the boss as well and another gelding is the leader. They don't treat the mare any differently than they do each other and they all hang out in one big group. It's a funny sight when you look out at the pasture during nap time and see them all in a big pile. From a distance it looks like a litter of puppies snuggled together but if you get the binoculars out you can see there's a little space between each one.

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