I also have a breeding stallion. We aren't breeding at the moment. I boarded before and they also had a stallion I did not like theirs at all. He would nicker and kick whenever a mare walked by his stall. My stud was always quiet. Even now at 9 years old no one even knows he is stud when they come by. People ask us all the time is that a gelding nope he is a stud. We don't use a stud chain on him but he is handle everyday. I think it depends on the owners and the stallion itself if I would agree to have another one on the property.
My first boarder ever (when I did board horses) was a stud and he was fine to have. If he didn't have such nice manners i'm not sure I would have taken him on but it worked out for me. I have a colt now and I know I would have issues finding a place that I could board him if I needed to solely because he is still intact and people have their opinions on such things. Other than that i've never boarded at a facility with stallions.
I board at a breeding barn, so of course, there are stallions. The three stallions spend the majority of the time in their stalls, but usually only the old one is noisy. If I had a mare I might be a little more nervous because I know there are at least two accident babies there, and a baby is not something I would want.
Sometimes when I go to put Caleb in the crossties people look at me like I'm crazy because they are right beside Lucifer's stall, and he could reach over and bite Caleb's bum. Nothing has happened yet though, so I don't really worry, if it was really dangerous the B.O would take the crossties down.
Hey guys let me start by applogising that I'm just not getting back to this thread! I completely forgot I had started it! Anyway!
@AlexS sorry im just not getting around to answering your question but I totally forgot I started this thread until I was going through my email and deleted junk! What exacly are you wanting to know? We have 15 acres. That's completely fenced in. One string of hot wire on the outside (to keep the neighbors dogs out and coyotes) and 3 on the inside. Top middle and bottom. We have two barns. The stallion barn which has 6 stalls each with large runs that also have 6ft wood fencing with 4 strands of hot wire. Then our main barn which has 15 stalls. Both barns have feed rooms, hay storage, tack rooms and an office.
We also have a large outdoor arena that we will be covering this spring/summer. So I can finally RIDE all winter without trailering!
My mom and grandparents trained, bred and showed horses so I was kind of born into it. My uncle handles our boys in the breeding shed and I or my mother handle the mares. Our staff consists of me, my mom, my hubs and my grandpa and three stable hands/students (they DO NOT handle the stallions unless i'm there.)
If you want to know more just ask. I wasnt sure exactly what you were looking for.
It would be a problem situation defiantly if someone put a mare next to him or a flighty horse..... I don't mind stallions though. Just as long as you really know how to handle them and keep their wandering minds on you and only you... haha I think there was a total of 4 or 5 stallions at Meredith Manor.... The ground manners they taught us there was an extremely effective way of keeping a stallion under control when they tried to get out of our control.... They were kept in the same barns as mares... We just made sure they werent RIGHT next to a mare but they were close enough. We had some pretty unruly stallions too.... My instructors Andalusian stallion was VERY unruly.... Had to be on top of your game when leading him around. But he never got to bad with the right maneuvers used on him....
I have a no stud policy at my place. I have boarded at places with studs and if I was looking to board I would look for a place without. It would not be a deal breaker, but it would be on my list of preferences.
This is because I have seen a lot more places with poorly managed studs then well managed ones.
The first place I was at had about 4 studs they were in the general population of horses. They were aggressive and dangerous to handle. All but one was stall kept 24/7. It created a lot of problems with some of the kids who had mares. This was one of the many problems and dangerous situations that this barn had, looking back I am amazed that there where not more injuries then there were.
The second place had 2 studs in large stalls at the end of the barn. These stalls had full bars and large paddocks (~24x50) with 6 foot fences attached to the stall. They were rode regularly and shown a lot. They were both easy to handle and one was a little on the aggressive side, but not too bad. (Honestly probably easier to handle then my gelding.) This is probably the best stallion management that I have ever experienced first hand.
I would not board my horses at a place that had studs. Actually I should rephrase that to COULD NOT ......
My 6 yr. Old OTTB gelding has severe alpha aggression.
He's a total love bug with people, but does not get along with other horses well. Before we bought him, he was turned out with other geldings and a stallion. He fought the stallion day by day....he would not back down......how it ended was that Beau, my OTTB, was removed from the herd and put in a pasture with cows ...to save his life. He was badly mauled and injured by the stallion and STILL he would not accept his place in the herd as anything other than top dog. Despite huge hunks of his neck being bitten out, so many, so deep and so large we thought the hair would never regrow...he fought on. If we boarded him at a place with a stallion, I would not trust HIM not to go after the stallion....he has proven that he has serious alpha aggression and will fight to the death (his or otherwise).
His temporary farm we moved him to after we bought him, he was put in with mares and geldings mixed....a herd of 8. He had taken over the herd within weeks...fighting his way to the top. And he ruled with an iron fist. Most of the horses refused to be caught anywhere near him.....and when he herded them about the pasture, they sure did gallop without hesitation. All 8 of them. He herded them like a boarder collie.
Normally I wouldn't board anywhere with stallions. Too many people just don't know how to handle them, and even a series of visits and interviews with the barn manager isn't always enough to get a feel for how experienced they are with stallions.
However, that said, I did board with a stallion once. The place came to me highly recommended from a previous barn manager/trainer/friend. She had decided to get out of boarding due to starting vet school, and thought this other place would be a good match for me.
Turned out great, the barn manager truly was highly experienced with stallions, and the stallion was the sweetest thing. I never once saw him acting "studdy" towards people, even when I watched live cover breedings.
It would really depend on the fencing and how the stallions behave. If the stable is built like a fortress and the studs behave like royalty, then I wouldn't mind. I have my horses on my own family's farm, but there is a farm down the road from us that breeds Ponies of the Americas. They always had one stud there, and he was very well behaved. The fences are decent, two panels with two wires that are hot. That stud died a few months ago, but since they had a contract to breed back some of their mares, they have another POA stud there. He is sort of crazy, and whinnies all the time, but is decent to handle. He actually is probably way to short to jump any of the fencing, poor little stallion. XD (They have had issues with the other, taller horses jumping fences, though.) As long as fences are compatible with ALL of the horses, things should be fine.
I board my gelding at my work, they have a no stud policy. (They have well over 20 mares on the property) geldings can break fences, so stallions could. My gelding actually jumped fences for mares (he loves ladies, doesn't mount them).
At my place, I would allow a stallion if I kept my mare stalled, and he was in a secure area (round pen/stall).