I have a mare who is 8 mos pregnant, she has a pasture buddy who is a 11 year old gelding. Looking for opinions here...should I seperate the two of them or leave them together until her last month? He isn't mean but will pin an ear and pretend to nip at her when he approaches her hay pile. She just moves off to the next one, but am I creating a problem for her if I leave them together until her 11th month? Thanks for any input.
Jennifer- You have probably read my posts anout my horse family. After reading all the posts prior to my foal being born about how geldings may hurt foals, I had decided to keep my mare stalled at night, away from the boss gelding she lives with, to have her baby. As it ended up, I missed the whole thing. He actually baby sat while she went back into the barn, leaving the baby, to deposit her placenta. That was my worst fear, but it went ok.
We did keep her and the baby separated from him for a month or so. Because he was always the boss, it caused problems when we put them together. She wanted to be the boss and he would not back down when I put them together for the first time. He got the bad end though, he slipped on the snow and fell. I felt bad for him. I kept them apart for another month or so. Mom was very protective...and also hungry. HER HAY!!!!! I just put them together recently. Mom is back to being #2 horse, and she is happy with that. The baby is #3. It could be that the baby was bugging her so much she needed some relief. My gelding welcomes the play time.
We had our Shire mare out with a gelding during most of her pregnancy. I moved him out when I felt she was close because I didn't want her to hurt her own foal trying to keep him away from it. After a couple of weeks, we re-introduced the gelding without incident. Our mare was always #1 in their pecking order. However....our other two geldings are not so nice to the foals so we cannot turn them out with the mares and foals. I guess you have to assess each situation and individual.
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 05:51 pm:
Thank you both for the comments. I will keep her out with him until the beginning of her 11th month I think. I actually have a 3rd gelding that is living with us for the winter (seperate pasture then the other two) and I may put the two geldings out together and let her have some alone time. Problem is I don't have huge acreage and I don't want to kill my pasture for the spring/Summer so I was going to ship the gelding home by April. Maybe I will hang on to him and let him keep my gelding company during his seperation from his mare. He really is very social, and I hate for him to have to suffer because she is pregnant...the nerve of me to have bred her! ;)
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