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Re: [RC] mares and geldings - Laney Humphrey

There's an interesting article in the March issue of "HOrse and Rider" which says that foals raised alone, or even in the company of older horses but not with age mates, may not learn social skills. This can lead to real problems later in life if such a horse is introduced into a herd. It can also lead to problems in relating to the human's around it. "Inadequate species specified socialization" - how's that for a mouthful. I'm sure we've all run into horses that just don't seem to know, or be able to learn the rules of good behavior. This might be one reason.
Laney


Alexa Olney wrote:
I believe that combing or creating a herd of horses is
a difficult job no matter what the sex. I have grown
up around horses and seen many different situations. I have come to see that there is more of a problem
with combining young horses who dont have proper
social herd skills with older horses who do. I have
seen more than one almost get chased through the fence
when the dominant horse gets tired of them. It is
definetly a trial and error process, you can't just
put them together and think that everything will be
fine. I have seen a dominant horse in one herd be the
low man in another.


  If a gelding were being that aggresive towards mares
as to "rape" them I would definetly have a vet examine
him to make sure he  does not have a retained testicle
(proud cut).  We did have an exprience with this once
at a ride.  Some friends had just bought a "gelding"
who got loose and proceeded to try and "rape" the mare
tied to our trailer.  They had him examined and he
indeed did still have a testicle  left.  Some one did
not want to spend the money to have the surgery on
this crypt-orchid.  The only times I have seen
geldings mount mares the mare was very persitent that
he do the deed.  When that behavior was seen they were
seperated and put into a different group.  So in the
long run you just have to wait and see what happens. I
have come to learn that horses and horses sociaty is
very unpredictable in some instances or maybe they
aren't??

Safe Horsin Around
Alexa Olney


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