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Gelding--threat or friend?

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Lisa Hurley
Nursing Foal
Username: Hurleytalk

Post Number: 19
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 - 11:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Second question: I know some geldings are great and some are killers. Our "in charge" gelding has been having fits since the mare delivered. Before delivery she would stand at the fence and rub on him and talk to him and now she won't go near him, and he is standing at the fence and calling her all day long! She takes the baby to the back field where he can't see her and herds the baby away from the fence. He is having fits. THe other gelding got tired of his whining and went back to pasture, and he is the one with co-dependency issues! Should I be concerned, or is he just wanting to be friendly? How can you tell????
 

Cjskip
Breeding Stock
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 716
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2008 - 12:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Lisa, I'd love to know the answer to your question also. I've got no experience with this. I'm Guessing, that he just misses his friend and when the foal is older, he will be allowed to come around again, but it is only a guess. Good luck. Let us know how it turns out, okay?
 

Kay B. Jones,Nova born 2/24
Breeding Stock
Username: Kaybjones

Post Number: 344
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Sunday, September 07, 2008 - 09:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Lisa, its hard to know. This is my first baby. Magic, my 22 year old gelding, was soooo mean during Topi's pregnancy. It worried me something awful. He would not let her drink, would kick her, ears back, etc. I separated them about 2 months before birth. And kept him away about 2 months after birth. Then got brave! Let Topi and Nova graze in adjacent pastures for about 2 weeks, then opened gate without them seeing me. Eventually they meandered together. NO PROBLEM! In fact now Magic is Nova's best friend. Magic has taught him not to bite, but they play alot. Magic lets Nova eat from his hay pile and feed trough and water trough. He was Nova's babysitter during weaning. Now Topi is mean to Magic. Won't let him near the water trough when she's drinking, etc.



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