Mares and geldings
I was getting my Horsemaster’s Degree and Instructor’s Certificate when EQUUS 1 came out in 1977, and I’ve read ’em all.
I have a couple of comments about “Coping With a ‘Macho’ Gelding”
(Consultants, EQUUS 476). Katherine Houpt, VMD, PhD, DACVB, explained quite thoroughly why some geldings exhibit stallion-like behavior. But I disagree with her on a couple of other points.
For one, she states that, “Most males are dominant to mares.” I have not found this to be the case. Typically, in a herd, there will be a “lead mare” who will have dominance over the other horses. It doesn’t matter if the herd is 30 horses or three---there will be a boss, and it will be a mare.
Second, Houpt advised the writer to keep mares and geldings apart. I know a lot of stables do this, and I’m sure it keeps the peace. But I’ve always held that mares and geldings have to interact on the horse trails, in the arena, at shows, in the barn aisle, etc., and they should learn the proper behavior in the paddock or pasture where they are free to acquiesce or to assert dominance.
Thanks. I’m looking forward to even more years of reading EQUUS. Joanie Albrecht-Stene Dayton, Minnesota