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post #11 of 33 Old 02-16-2011, 12:44 AM
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I board my horse at a barn with two studs, and i've never really had a problem. There are two aisles with the indoor in between them, with one stallion in each aisle. Unfortunately one is blind :( and doesn't get outside much because of that.. and you wouldn't know he was a stallion except that he screams once in a while when horses are being let in. The other stallion is an Arab who belongs to the barn owner, and he's on my side of the barn. He's well mannered outside his stall and his best friend is one of the geldings there. The only issue is his stall is right next to a set of crossties, and he squeals and kicks occasionally at your horse if you have him in the crossties. It doesn't faze my boy but it has definitely made me jump a few times! I don't mind boarding with stallions as long as they're handled appropriately, I can imagine how it could be a bad situation depending on each individual stud and his owners/handlers. Also I would probably feel differently if I had a made.
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post #12 of 33 Old 02-19-2011, 01:14 PM
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I currently board my baby with a stallion. He boards where there are three stalls, and two large pastures. The stallion and my gelding are best buddies. They are about the same age (about 2, the stally being slightly older than my boy). We have had issues, because the stallion did try to mount my gelding a few times, but then my boy kicked him in the face and there is no longer a problem :). You could consider it annoying that the stallion is always whinnying to my boy when he leaves and is out of his sight, but my boy doesn't even care. Now the bad part is that I board in a neighborhood where no stallions are allowed, I wonder if they'll get caught...
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post #13 of 33 Old 02-19-2011, 03:49 PM
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I guess it would depend on how things were set up.

I was very upset with my last BO when he accepted a boarder with a stallion and mare. He proceeded to put them both in the pasture with my 2 geldings (as well as his 2) without telling me about it! Who does that?

My boys ended up with some scrapes, but luckily nothing major.

Subsequently that was one of the main reasons I moved. I found a place with some land and got them out of there.

However, if there was appropriate fencing and a way to keep them separate from my horses, I probably wouldn't mind too much. I don't know if having a mare would make me feel differently though.

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post #14 of 33 Old 02-24-2011, 01:33 AM
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Our stable has 4 stallions. My mares paddock is a couple paddocks over from theirs and I've never had issues with them. During breeding season they are moved to an area of the property that is inaccessible to the boarders. They are very polite, well mannered horses and the fact that they are stallions doesn't bother me (or my mare) in the slightest. The do like to wicker and whinny at my mare sometimes when I walk her past them to the barn but never more than that and she doesn't care much for them.

Now, had they been unruly studs, or had the facilities have poor fencing (ours are 6 ft metal piping - they could hold stampeding elephants) then I would probably be concerned, but as this is not the case, I'm quite happy where I am.
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post #15 of 33 Old 02-24-2011, 08:44 AM
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I've never had a bad experience boarding with a stallion. In fact, I couldn't have gotten my horse if my current barn didn't allow stallions. There are currently 2 stallions and a stud colt at my barn and they're all better behaved than any of the other horses in the barn. My 5 year old daughter has been leadlining on the 12 yo English pleasure Arabian stallion since she was 3. She even leads him around. My horse's best friend and favorite playmate is the stud colt and they're a couple of weeks apart in age.
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post #16 of 33 Old 02-24-2011, 06:26 PM
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My barn has one stallion. He used to be kept away from the mares when outside, but now his paddock is down the same path as their's. He's still two paddocks down, though, they're not directly across from him.

He respects fences VERY well, and the fencing is strudy and quite high, so there's no worries about him getting out. Heck, his previous pen was just 2 strands of hot wire and he never got out of that. This other fencing is like, 7 or 8 strands of wire (not hot).

He isn't kept with geldings or anything, but there aren't any issues with him at all. He is very well mannered and behaved.

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post #17 of 33 Old 02-26-2011, 04:09 PM
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I personally never will again. Where I am right now there are 4 studs on the property. Not well broke, have nothing to prove they are worth breeding too. In my own opinion they should be gelded... It's not so much i've had bad experiences with the horses themselves, but if they have stallions hat shouldn't be stallions in the first place, then you get into the questions like "Why are they breeding more rubbish?" "what other things do the BO have bad judgment about?" and if they are breeding back to their own mares, are they going to train those babies and sell them or are they going to end up being pasture ornaments that cost a lot of money? Those are my issues with barns that have studs. However, It's a completely different thing if the stud[s] on the property are working, well trained, have good conformation, decent lines and can actually DO something to prove they are worth their stud fee. I would have no problem being at a boarding facility that had a proven stud with nice conformation that worked and was good at his job. By all means breed to anyone who wants his babies! But when the stud hasn't even earned the equivalent of his own stud fee, thats where I draw the line because it's aggravating watching horses get bred when no one is going to ever buy or train the foal, because the stud or mare shouldn't have ever been bred in the first place.
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post #18 of 33 Old 02-26-2011, 05:10 PM
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I think it very much depends on the stallion, the facility, and the people handling him. As long as there is full disclosure up front, and I can see that things are handled properly, it wouldn't bother me at all. I have been both in barns without, and barns with. To be honest, I had more problems with the geldings at the barn with no stud getting out or being aggressive than the three studs at the barn that had them. They were well-behaved and properly trained, and in appropriate fencing.

I have one of my own, and he is turned out with geldings daily, with no problems. Would I introduce a new horse to his pasture, or even the one adjacent? Not without some serious pre-work first. It's all about being a conscientious owner, or BO.

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post #19 of 33 Old 02-28-2011, 08:02 PM
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I used to board my horse at a breeding/lesson barn where there were about nine stallions and over twenty broodmares. There was over one hundred horses on the entire was large. I never had or saw any problems with the stallions. They were handled by experience people and always with stud chains. Most of them weren't very stallionish. They were kept separately in stallion runs with very high walls. At my new stable there is one stallion. He is in training to be a grand prix stallion and is handled by his two owners who are very experienced. He is kept separate from the other horses but he is really not stallionish and he has fantastic manners!!
At one stable I was at, there were two young stallions (5-6 years old). They were very stallionish and they were kept in special pens with high fences and their stalls were completely closed in. They weren't aloud in the cross ties either. Luckly they had experienced handlers to. It could have been much worse with inexperienced people.

It depends on the stallion, the training and most especially the handler.
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post #20 of 33 Old 04-20-2011, 02:58 PM
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I don't take stallions at my barn and that is because I have my own stallion, he has his own paddock and his own walkway. He's a pretty mellow chap who has weanlings for company in the winter and a mare or two with him in the summer.

One of the first things I tell prospective Boarders is that I do have a breeding stallion on the property, and that there are certain rules in place to keep everyone (horse and human) safe, it is then up to them whether they choose to board here or not.
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