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post #1 of 24 Old 01-30-2015, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Embarrassing Gelding Question

Ok, I've looked and looked online for an answer and the only thing that comes up is adult content.

I'm quite embarrassed to post but I need to understand why he's doing this or what it means and I know someone here knows.

My rescued gelding is 5 years old, unbroke but we've been working on him little by little. He sorta still acts like a stud, he gets super attentive when he sees other horses or goats walk by, especially mares. He dances around his stall and whinnies.

Ok, there have been a few times a few months ago I've went out to pet him at his stall and he dropped and seemed to get aroused. I felt strange and usually stopped petting him and walked away. But he does not act this way when I'm grooming him only when he's unhaltered and being pet.

Today I went out to check on him, he was loose in our yard and he walked over to me, smelled my arm, started whinniying and nudging my arm and slowly turned around and faced his butt towards me like a mare in heat! It was not aggressive at all but I was still thinking what if he kicks me so I moved away and noticed he had fully dropped! He kept turning his head towards me and continued trying to put his butt towards me. I'm very confused about his behavior and hoping I can get some answers. It's really uncomfortable when my husband or kids walk out and find him in a "relaxed" state because of me.

FYI, there are other factors that may or may not be at play that are quite personal. I just got off my period a few days ago although I worked with him earlier in the week and he showed no sign of acting this way. But last night my husband and I got busy. Did my horse smell me and get aroused because of that?

I'm sooooo sorry this seems crazy but I can't find answers anywhere else.
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Also, just a note that might be relevant, his paperwork shows he wasn't gelded until about 2.5 years old.
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post #3 of 24 Old 01-30-2015, 08:54 PM
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No worries. If he just dropped, i.e it's limp, it's not arousal. I usually see relaxed geldings do that.

I've heard others ask whether or not horses pick up on "the time of the month" but there isn't really evidence of that. Horses read body language and are very perceptive, so even if you don't think you're acting different, they can pick up on the most subtle changes.

As for the turning of the butt, that sounds to me like he is testing you as a leader, but I wasn't there to witness.
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post #4 of 24 Old 01-30-2015, 08:55 PM
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Your horse didn't smell you and get aroused. As far as I know that is a complete myth.

Geldings often fully drop when relaxed. If he turned his butt to you it might just be that he was expecting scratches and was relaxing.

I had a gelding, he was 11 when I got him, and he was very dominant in the paddock. He'd have "his" mare and was very stallion acting when meeting new horses, however when checked he was correctly and fully gelded, it was just his temperament. I've known other geldings display stallion behaviours and even mount mares and they had been nothing wrong with them.

If you're seriously worried about him and his gelding, get him checked over by a vet. Otherwise that is probably just how he is.

Don't make it embarrassing with your family. Explain it to them, tell them that geldings often relax that way, it's just like putting their feet up on a couch, or lounging in your pyjamas.
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I just really didn't feel like it was usual or relaxish. He starting nudging my arm and snorting and whinnying, like "pay attention to me" and dropped really fast when I never ever see him relax this way when he's alone. This is the very first time he's ever turned his butt towards me.
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I worked with a horse who would turn his butt toward you and follow you around backwards no matter how many times you shooed him away. He was used to bum scratches (usually with a poop fork :lol) and picked up that admittedly naughty habbit that way. It could be that when he's haltered and being groomed he's anticipating work. We often treat our horses differently when we've got them standing tied than when we're going into their stalls for the sake of pets.

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I just really didn't feel like it was usual or relaxish. He starting nudging my arm and snorting and whinnying, like "pay attention to me" and dropped really fast when I never ever see him relax this way when he's alone. This is the very first time he's ever turned his butt towards me.
He probably wanted treats or attention, I guarantee you that your gelding is not becoming aroused because of you.
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Has his sheath been cleaned recently, perhaps he's trying to tell you he has a bean. It's worth exploring.
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He probably wanted treats or attention, I guarantee you that your gelding is not becoming aroused because of you.
Oh, you have no idea how much better that makes me feel. It just feels like coincidence, he never did that with my sister inlaw who cared for him for a few months before we moved here. And according to her she always was in his stall giving him treats and petting him.

Do I award him when he does that by continuing to pet him or should I discourage it??
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Has his sheath been cleaned recently, perhaps he's trying to tell you he has a bean. It's worth exploring.
No, and it's pretty gross. I had just looked into doing it a few months ago by researching on YouTube. Since I've only had mares in the past I didn't even know about it but since it's been winter I figured I'd do it when the weather gets better. But he is pretty filthy down there, it looks all scabby and I'm pretty sure he has a bean because of the way he pees.
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No, and it's pretty gross. I had just looked into doing it a few months ago by researching on YouTube. Since I've only had mares in the past I didn't even know about it but since it's been winter I figured I'd do it when the weather gets better. But he is pretty filthy down there, it looks all scabby and I'm pretty sure he has a bean because of the way he pees.
Then it's pretty irresponsible to wait, IMO. He's very likely uncomfortable, and at risk of infection. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself then I would suggest calling a vet or other professional to have it done. If he does have a bean large enough to disrupt the way he pees, it might be uncomfortable to have it removed.
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