O.k., I have a couple of quick questions, but a bit of a story before the questions.
I was out at the barn a couple of days ago, and when grooming my mare it was obvious that something had been all over her back. At first I wondered if someone had ridden her because the only thing I could think of was saddle marks--serious-riding-type-of saddle marks. And she had what looked to be almost a couple of bites on her lower neck and shoulders. But I know no one at my barn would ride her, so I'm left thinking, "Hmmmm." But I finished, put her up, and grained her.
Then that night I receive a phone call from one of my friends at the barn saying that one of the geldings had mounted her and was actually inside her! Aaaaah, that's what it was. From what I can gather, this guy was on her and they couldn't Plus, it happened in the loafing shed, which just wasn't a good situation for horses or people. I do wish someone had left me a note on the whiteboard, but at least they eventually separated the two and made sure my mare was o.k. (I believe one of the ladies said the gelding was smiling.
) So needless to say, we've separated the mare and gelding permanently, and all seems o.k.
Edited to add: I asked the gelding owner about the gelding. He bought the horse from the original owners, who say he was fully gelded. The horse was gelded at 2 and is now 9.
My questions are these:
1. How dangerous is it from a sanitary stand point for the mare that this took place?
2. My mare never stopped her "heat cycle" all winter. In fact, she's quite randy about every third week and plays quite the wanton woman with anyone/horse near her, even when it's well below freezing. Is there something wrong with her? I mean, seriously, shouldn't she have given it a rest during the winter months? And is the winkin'-and blinkin' display every 3 weeks or so normal?
3. I know there's been a thread about proud cut v. cryptorchid (?), but I never quite understood from the posts one thing: does the gelding will actually do the deed or does he just "perform" until he gets tired?
4. What would you do if you were me? Permanently keep them separated? Or do you think I can keep with together in the herd until she comes into season, which I prefer because we've only got 11 horses together?
Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated!