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Yearling filly "nursing" off of yearling gelding - GROSS

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  • Yearling filly "nursing" off of yearling gelding - GROSS

    My yearling filly does the weirdest thing - she goes over and "nurses" off of my yearling colt - yeah, she pretty much sucks on his sheath. It looks rather disturbing and he seems to LOVE it. He is gelded FYI.
    Has anyone seen this before?

  • #2
    Oh yes, I have seen this! Last year, I put my weanling filly at weaning time in with my yearling colt and he spent the winter getting in touch with his feminine side. Eventually, the filly gave up the habit but I think the colt was sorry! LOL!


    • #3
      You could separate them perhaps?
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      • #4
        My weanling filly and colt did this over the winter. I started to wonder if I needed to geld him ASAP! The typical male, he loved the "attention" but never showed any interest in mounting her or anything so he got gelded this spring. She stopped after a few weeks but it was pretty gross...
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        • #5
          EEEWWWW ~ never seen that ~ thank goodness ~ animals can be sooo BASIC !
          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


          • #6
            My orphan yearling filly will stand and make a nursing action after she eats. She'll also nurse on the yearling colt out with her, but she doesn't usually nurse on his sheath. She nurses on his shoulder, his stifle, his neck.... haha I think she just likes to touch him while she's nursing. The colt could care less, and he doesn't seem to "like" it or "dislike" it.
            Jessica Bortner-Harris
            "Throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow."


            • #7
              Oh, and the filly should be named either "Monica" or "Debbie".
              Last edited by jetsmom; Jun. 15, 2010, 12:02 PM. Reason: Didn't see that it was a gelding, not a colt...


              • #8
                Originally posted by jetsmom View Post
                With both being yearlings, they are at the age where they should be separated, if you don't want any unwanted pregnancies.
                Originally posted by Ziutek View Post
                He is gelded FYI.

                Monica?? Just...EWW
                The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                • #9
                  We are only "grossed out" because we are saddling it with something that it is not.

                  As long as the colt isn't bothered by it, what's the harm? The filly will grow out of it. It's not like he will go around to public washroooms and write on the wall "For a good time call...."

                  Are you concerned from a health issue point of view? I don't think I would worry about that.


                  • #10
                    Yes, yes, yes I have a filly who was weaned alongside a same-age colt (who was soon to be a gelding). She definitely used to suck on his undercarriage. He seemed unperturbed but a bit bemused at first. She grew out of it over a period of a month or so. He has since been gelded and they still live together but she's no longer interested in him in that way!

                    If you're bothered, look away. She'll get over it!


                    • #11
                      Yes I had a colt last year that "nursed" off a four year old stallion. I've had them nurse off of barren/maiden mares, off each other, you name it. Never concerned me one bit!
                      Maria Hayes-Frosty Oak Stables
                      Home to All Eyez On Me, 1998 16.2 Cleveland Bay Sporthorse Stallion
                      & FrostyOak Hampton 2008 Pure Cleveland Bay Colt


                      • #12
                        YUP!! Have that behavior often. We do not think a thing about it and it always goes away. Not a problem unless those watching it want to make it into something it isnt.
                        hunter/jumper ponies


                        • #13
                          Yep. I had an orphan colt a few years ago. He nursed off of my other colt's sheath after that colt was weaned. The other colt was happy to help, LOL. I worried for awhile that the orphan would not outgrow this nursing behavior, but he did and both colts were none the worse for it.

                          RIP "Rio" (BW-Clarion) 2000-2009. Bright Spirit, Brave Heart, Loving Soul. I'll love and miss you forever.


                          • #14
                            I had a gelding that was a fantastic babysitter for a weanling. She would try to nurse off him and he would just stand there. She eventually stopped trying after a week or two. After awhile they had to be separated because he became too good at his job and became very protective of her.