Q In the spring and summer my mare shares a large field with a five-year
when she was in season, he regularly mounted her, cutting her hock
on one occasion which made her stiff and required a visit from the
vet. In the end, we had to remove her from the field to save her
from further harassment and injury. This year he has started to
'get fresh' again. Is it normal for a gelding to behave in this
way and is there any danger of my mare catching an infection from
is quite unusual for a gelding to behave in this way. The reasons
for such sexual activity are likely to be related to high levels
of male hormone in the gelding, despite the fact that he has been
castrated. This is because there is other tissue in the body that's
capable of producing such hormones and sometimes these tissues can
produce hormones independently of the testicles.
is little you can do about such behaviour and it is a sensible idea
to separate geldings from mares, especially those coming into season,
to prevent troublesome situations occurring. In certain cases I
have found that you can dampen the ardour of frisky geldings by
feeding them plant material supplements that provide the building
blocks for female hormones, such as sage and Citrullis colycynthis.
If they remain
together in the same field there is obviously some risk of the gelding
introducing infection to your mare, as well as inadvertently injuring
her with his ardent attentions.
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