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post #11 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 03:03 PM
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They are ready to be together at this point. No reason to wait 2 weeks as usually the process is done over a few days.
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 03:04 PM
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Thanks Yogiwick for your response. I did question the owners about the potential of her being in foal, she had recently had one that has just been weaned. Both her and the foal have been in adjacent paddocks to the stallion seperated by electric fence.
Whilst yes, there maybe a slim chance, and we realise this, the stallion would have to have got across the fence and back again in the cover of darkness lol. I will be getting the vet out to double check. If she is, we will have to cross that bridge when it comes to it. But I love my ponies, so will ensure if she is in foal, she will get the best treatment.
Sounds like inexperienced horse people contributing to poorly bred foals. No one that knew what they were doing would keep a poor stallion next to mares only seperated by an electric fence.
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Sounds like inexperienced horse people contributing to poorly bred foals. No one that knew what they were doing would keep a poor stallion next to mares only seperated by an electric fence.
I quite agree with you! but I could not pass up the temperament of this mare for the sake that she would be in foal. If she is, then I will ensure she gets the best treatment, and as I said I will be having her checked.
The lady I had her from obviously loves her horses very very much. When I loaded Saffy on to the trailer, she was sobbing so much it made me cry. She has had to lose more than half of her horses due to loosing grazing, and vetted me so thoroughly before letting me have Saffy.
Im sorry if I come across as defensive, but IF it has happened it is a very small chance, and I was merely responses to Yogi's comment about her being in foal. Whatever happens we will foot the bill, and support our ponies to the moon and back.
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post #14 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 07:34 PM
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Hi guys
Thanks for all of your responses and advice, so for taking so long in getting back to you all.
Well I headed your advice, and even suffering with bronchitis, we managed to block off the second section of field with gates. Believe me, it was some huge job, but I believe sooo worth it.
Our new little mare, Saffy, arrived safe and calm, and we gave her time to explore both fields as eventually they will be one big field. We then gave her the second half, and brought my gelding down.
He was very excited as he has been on his own for a few months, I know dont hate me, but we had no choice but to have him on his own.
Initially there was a lot of whinning going on, and both chasing each other up the line of the fence, but settled down very quickly. No hoof strikes through the fencing, a small amount of nipping, but all well on the first day.
Today I have been over several times, and I may be reading this wrong, but they seem to not want to leave each other. There is no whinning, they are rubbing heads through the fence and grazing either side within 10ft. If one moves off the other follows. There is no nastiness about either of them towards each other, well one bite from the mare, and the gelding backed off.
Its been suggested that I leave them like this for 2 wks?
Either they are dying to kill each other, so wont move off, or they really do want to be together. I am actually confused, as its the first time I have had to introduce horses. What do I need to look for?
I have pictures of them together if it helps. Thanks you x
They seem to be getting along fine so I'd give it a few more days then throw them in together. I'm sure they will be just fine. The only time I've had a horse separated 2 weeks is if I KNOW there is going to be a problem. Your guys seem laid bak and friendly, so go for it. Do watch them at first and have a whip if you need to get in there quick, but I'm sure they'll be fine. Sometimes "together" suddenly clicks with some horses but mostly if they're fine on the other side they'll be fine together. Be aware at any "pressure" moments (feeding, turn in, etc). If there's little squabble that's fine just stay out of the way. You'll know if there's an actual issue.
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post #15 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 09:47 PM
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When i got another gelding (3 months ago) i put him in straight away with my horse(kid) and at the time, mini. The mini & Kid chased the newbie around a bit, but after an hour of watching they settled in quite nicely. By the time i came to visit the next morning, a hierarchy was well and truly established. The new horse became boss fast and that's how it's been ever since. I found one tiny patch of hair missing off Kid's rump but that was that. They get on very well and are both quiet boys.
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post #16 of 19 Old 11-27-2014, 12:16 AM
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Hi guys
Thanks for all of your responses and advice, so for taking so long in getting back to you all.
Well I headed your advice, and even suffering with bronchitis, we managed to block off the second section of field with gates. Believe me, it was some huge job, but I believe sooo worth it.
Our new little mare, Saffy, arrived safe and calm, and we gave her time to explore both fields as eventually they will be one big field. We then gave her the second half, and brought my gelding down.
He was very excited as he has been on his own for a few months, I know dont hate me, but we had no choice but to have him on his own.
Initially there was a lot of whinning going on, and both chasing each other up the line of the fence, but settled down very quickly. No hoof strikes through the fencing, a small amount of nipping, but all well on the first day.
Today I have been over several times, and I may be reading this wrong, but they seem to not want to leave each other. There is no whinning, they are rubbing heads through the fence and grazing either side within 10ft. If one moves off the other follows. There is no nastiness about either of them towards each other, well one bite from the mare, and the gelding backed off.
Its been suggested that I leave them like this for 2 wks?
Either they are dying to kill each other, so wont move off, or they really do want to be together. I am actually confused, as its the first time I have had to introduce horses. What do I need to look for?
I have pictures of them together if it helps. Thanks you x
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I board my horse in a large pasture with up to 10 to 12 horses. They often put them in right away- a day or two. The horse work it out. Some get some ugly scratches and bites but that stage is over quickly enough and they all work it out. However, putting geldings and mares together can be interesting. Mounting and dominating behaviors can go on and some geldings will go off their feed and fight.
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post #18 of 19 Old 11-27-2014, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for all your responses.
I still have them seperated, and my gelding was more interested in following me tonight than in my new mare.
Now, we plan on putting them together tomorrow just after lunch. I have managed to off load the human babies, and both me an my partner are packing up a flask of coffee, and plan on spending the afternoon there to watch them closely!
I have one last concern before I do it, and hope that some of you helpful lovely people will come back and give me some advice!
My gelding has always got a little bit excited *blush* when I have first arrived. He likes to show me his manhood. I have been watching them quite closely with there interactions through the fence, and when the are up close, he does like to get it out. Now I am not sure if thats a normal response or not? or if it just his usual way when I come into the field. I have had a good feel around to feel for lumps, as I know he shows some riggish behaviour sometimes, but all seems well. Am I just over panicking? or is this a normal response for a gelding?
I am not sure how old he was when gelded.
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He might have been gelded late and now has a retained behavior habit around mares but he could be a 'rig' so might be a good idea to get him checked out.
How is when you take the mare away? Does she mind when you take him away or are they not kept for riding?
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