Is it easier to keep horses of the same sex? - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
 10Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 02:59 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 16,205
• Horses: 1
A couple more observations from the barn I used to work at.

My old gelding couldn't be turned out with anyone. He had been kicked in the neck by a mare he had been turned out with for over a year with no issues and nearly died. She was wearing rear shoes and almost completely severed his jugular. After that, he would attack any other horse put out with him. Oddly enough, he wasn't herd bound with any other horses, just with me. If I walked away from him after turning him out, he would pitch an absolute fit.

As for the other horses, we turned out two mares and two geldings together (two OTTBs and two Arabs) all together frequently and never had a single issue. All were pretty laid back.
Posted via Mobile Device
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #22 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 03:02 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 119
• Horses: 0
It can be a pain. We've always had mares and at least one or two studs. The studs I have to keep separate from the mares, obviously...and each other, obviously...because interesting and exciting things can happen if the two studs meet under accidental circumstances especially if there's a mare in estrus.

The mares can be pastured together, but the studs need their own pastures or paddocks unless you want unplanned pregnancies. And a long time ago I made the mistake of putting one of the studs in a paddock from which he could not see the mares. He spent a good part of his time running up and down the fenceline digging a trench with his hoofs.

He had to wait until I could fence off another 5 acres to make sure we had one spare pasture because without a spare rotational grazing isn't possible. And I had to make sure that both studs were always in a position to have the mares in relatively close view, and that required shutting down the paddock he'd been in.
Rancher is offline  
post #23 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 04:00 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 13,715
• Horses: 9
I approach things a little differently. I have 2 groups, one of 5 and one of 3. The group of 5 is 1 gelding and 4 mares, the group of 3 is one stallion, 1 gelding and 1 intact but soon to be gelded colt. They get along great and if I were to add someone to either group, it's up to them to get along. If a mare went into the larger group and was getting picked on, after a reasonable amount of time, if it didn't settle down, I would sell the newest mare. If I moved a gelding into the smaller herd, I'd expect a few fusses but I'd also expect him to find his place fairly quickly. If he couldn't, then I'd move him on.

Dreamcatcher Arabians is offline  
post #24 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 08:31 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,295
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
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.
There are always exceptions but I find this to be true especially with three. if there is a problem taking one out or adding another can make a big difference.
Textan49 is offline  
post #25 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 08:54 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 16,205
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Textan49 View Post
There are always exceptions but I find this to be true especially with three. if there is a problem taking one out or adding another can make a big difference.
Come to think of it, this is true with the group Aires is turned out with right now. There are three geldings: Aires, Bob (an Appy) and Oz (a QH). Bob is VERY dominant and constantly picks on Aires. Take Bob out of the equation, and Oz and Aires get along just great. However, take Oz out of the turnout and Bob is still a jerk to Aires.

http://i42.tinypic.com/140y8lj.png
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show you that I can.
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #26 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
Showing
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Posts: 12,058
• Horses: 4
I may find out how 3 geldings get along. The plan right now is for Mia (mare, lead of the other two horses in our corral, both geldings) to head for northern Arizona on Saturday. The farrier's gelding will come down here the following week. He's an Arabian-Mustang mix...said to be calmer and lower maintenance than Mia, but not a "Mr Mellow" either. At least I won't be a total newbie when meeting him the first time...unlike Mia...

Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"
bsms is offline  
post #27 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 09:23 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: california
Posts: 5,769
• Horses: 0
if a horse is low man on the totem pole, it can be out with 10 horses and still be left outside the herd. Even number of animals does not mean they will have a buddy.
stevenson is offline  
post #28 of 30 Old 05-15-2015, 09:32 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 16,205
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsms View Post
I may find out how 3 geldings get along. The plan right now is for Mia (mare, lead of the other two horses in our corral, both geldings) to head for northern Arizona on Saturday. The farrier's gelding will come down here the following week. He's an Arabian-Mustang mix...said to be calmer and lower maintenance than Mia, but not a "Mr Mellow" either. At least I won't be a total newbie when meeting him the first time...unlike Mia...
Where in northern AZ? Anywhere up by me? If it is, I may know the horse...

http://i42.tinypic.com/140y8lj.png
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show you that I can.
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #29 of 30 Old 05-16-2015, 01:06 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Southern Indiana
Posts: 8,702
• Horses: 12
BSMS, while I understand, I just can't believe you're trading off Mia. I always enjoy hearing about your experiences with her.

R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
JCnGrace is offline  
post #30 of 30 Old 05-16-2015, 01:39 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 6,438
• Horses: 0
Me and my riding buddies all have mixed herds and don't think much about it.

I currently have one mare and one gelding. Mother/son. But it used to be mother, son and another gelding until he passed away. He didn't socialize with them much, but they all got along.

My one friend has 2 mares and a gelding. And my other friend has 1 mare and 3 geldings.

Now years ago I did stupidly buy a mare/gelding that came as a package deal. And I could not ride either one alone. It was awful! But I blame myself for buying a pair of herd-bound horses. I don't think their gender had much to do with it.
JCnGrace likes this.


trailhorserider is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome