Gelding showing inappropriate behaviour to mare

cadno1

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Hi,
I've been told by one of my builders this morning that he saw our gelding 'serving' our mare. The builder wasn't joking and he is also a farmer so I doubt if he mistook what he saw. I've looked on the web and there's loads of instances of this happening but it seems to be upon first introduction of a Gelding / Mare, or at least the first time she comes in season. Our 2 have lived together for years and I have never seen any stallion like behaviour from him, although I did once see the mare back up to him, which just seemed to confuse him, and he walked off. Does anyone know please what could have caused this new behaviour between them and whether it might be the start of a long term problem every time she comes in season? I am worried about injury to one or both. Also they are kept and ridden as a pair and I am concerned about the gelding exhibiting stallion like behaviour when we're riding them! Any thoughts would be very welcome.
 

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Our mare is kept with a group of geldings...she's been with them a few years....when she is in season she is, shall we say...very obliging, in fact...I think they've all had a go...the dirty mare.
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There are no problems in the stable, out riding or anywhere else...none of them have sustained an injury....lets face it....its not exactly unnatural is it?
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Hi. Thanks for your reply - I was really confused as to what has prompted the new behaviour all of a sudden - but maybe I've just never happened to see it before! Also, we used to have 2 mares and 2 geldings, kept as 2 pairs. We lost the other gelding so the boy is now surrounded by 3 girls - probably all in season together. Maybe he thinks - as the only remaining male - that he'd better do something about it! Thanks again for your thoughts.
 

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Hi there, my gelding is 'over friendly' with a mare in his field. This started last winter even though they have been turned out together for over 2 years. He was very busy for several days but has only bothered once since then, despite the fact the mare is such a tart she seems to be in season all winter long. I wouldn't worry as long as they are not injuring each other.
 

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Spring grass is most probably the guilty factor! My gelding tried that every spring, however he doesnt get the chance now as he only plays out with geldings!
 

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Thanks so much for the replies - I really feel better now! Hopefully things will settle down again when Spring Fever has passed!
 

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If you Google Crossgates Farm they can probably make you up a homeopathic spray for both of them that may well help. They've done that for a "couple" in our field, and touch wood it's working. It's often the mare that initiates this by the way.
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I know very few geldings who don't get interested in mares at times. One old boy I knew was spotted trying to jump all the mares in the field with him when he was already in his late 20s. Personally I think it shows that "gelding" rapists wouldn't stop them!
 

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I had the same problem with our new gelding, we got him in December and he showed no interest in my mare and went straight in the group to the bottom of the pack. Then..... we went onto the new field with the spring grass, my mare came into season and he was like a different pony! and my mare was very obliging! He did try and keep the other geldings away two, but thankfully after about 5 days it's all calmed down, so don't worry it's perfectly normal and should calm down
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