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Username: Horse4u

Post Number: 47
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, Aug 22, 2006 - 8:18 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a small mare 14 2 and she is being mounted by a large 16 2 gelding (I hope). She doesn't appear to be putting up any resistance. Is there any danger to her as far as infection? What about any other concerns? This gelding is in his 20's and he is very protective of her and won't allow any other horses to come near her right now. She is the only mare in a herd of 4. I just want to make sure that she won't be injured. The geldings owner has said she is aware that her horse could get kicked. Most think it's cute. I'm not thrilled about it.
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Fran C
Username: Canter

Post Number: 598
Registered: 1-2000
Posted on Tuesday, Aug 22, 2006 - 1:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Vicki, this isn't unusual behavior. When I owned a gelding, I caught him mounting a small pony a few times. While I wasn't thrilled with his behavior as I was worried about the pony (less than 14 HH, my gelding was 16HH), the pony never suffered any injury. I figured if she really didn't want the attention, she'd let him know in no uncertain terms. It's more likely that the scuffle caused by the gelding not allowing any others near your mare is more likely to cause injury than anything else. I don't know the answer to the risk of infection...others will have to help you out there.
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Vicki Zaneis
Username: Vickiann

Post Number: 356
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Tuesday, Aug 22, 2006 - 4:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My neighbor's old gelding did this up to nearly 35 years of age. It didn't cause the mare any harm or injury, though some of the human onlookers found it "disgusting."
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Username: Kthorse

Post Number: 637
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, Aug 22, 2006 - 5:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

At my old barn there was a gelding that kept doing it to my friends mare. She was extremely upset and was worried her mare would get hurt. I have never seen a gelding do it. But I tried to tell her no harm will come to her mare or should I say it would be unlikely. After growing up with a few stallions that were kept with there own herds this was a daily happening of course they were stallions but we let nature take its course with our mares. Hand serving was only done when visiting mares owners requested it. I told her her mare had something to do with it. She did not want to hear that. :-) As soon as she is out of heat it will stop. I never new why she was so upset about it. She said well its not your horse , but I said my mare I had as a kid loved it and never got hurt. They will tell them where to go when they dont want it. Its actually the stallion or gelding her is more at risk when the mare goes out of heat and he wants more fun.She eventually actually we both moved to a new barn . That was her reason to move mine was because I loved the new place.
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Ann Schrichte
Username: Annes

Post Number: 157
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, Aug 23, 2006 - 10:13 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My TB gelding always did this to my mare. He is 16h and she was a little over 14h. She was never hurt and if she did not want to put up with him she would communicate that to him. My only worry was that another gelding would get hurt in competition but the other two did not seem to interfere. My TB was the top horse so I guess that was why. This is the first time in 17 years that I don't have a mare so I don't have that issue anymore.
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Username: Sswiley

Post Number: 225
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, Aug 23, 2006 - 12:30 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Im sorry, but anytime you have a horse jumping on another horse you run the risk of injury. Some horse owners are less tolerant of even minor bumps and scratches, and that is their right. I dont think that it is necessarily the gelding or the mare owners responsibility. Both I imagine. My gelding will do this. Luckily I have his mother to put him in with and she is just too old for that sort of thing, but to be honest, I dont think he is interested in her (whew!!).
We found this out the hard way when he was put in with our 11 HH pony. He mounted her, damaged her hip and caused a bit of bleeding. Vet said there was only external tearing. Of course this is a small pony. I guess my point is that the horses do not always know what is best for them.
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Username: Dawson

Post Number: 25
Registered: 3-2006
Posted on Wednesday, Aug 23, 2006 - 1:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Vicki;
Shelly is right, the obligation to keep both horses safe falls upon their owners. Either horse can get hurt, possible infection etc.

Quiet a few geldings continue to have urges whether it's because they were cut late in life,it's a habit they dont' break,they just like it or their trying to fake the rest of the herd out that they are dominant, who knows.

Keep your mare safe before she gets injured. I have owned mostly stallion's over the years. While as a boarder in someones barn it included having the additional responsiblity of getting to the barn each morning at dawn before the other horses were let out so my guy could have time out. Then getting there again at dinner time to let him out after others were put in the barn for the night, and this was in addition to riding time!!
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Wanda Martinez
Username: Sonoita

Post Number: 62
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, Aug 23, 2006 - 4:15 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I knew of geldings mounting geldings. I think just the right kick could end for the horse doing the mounting. I have always heard this is a dominance thing like in dogs. DrO could say yea or nneigh. No pun intended. the gelding ended up crippled and I also heard of a mare also lose her knee.
Happy Trails,
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