Originally Posted by rookie
I know a farm that recently lost their teaser stallion. He was a stallion that they had used to cover mares, but then the honestly had a much better stallion (hall of fame better) that they wanted to use/had bred. This current stallion is standing at stud out of state, so all mares on the farm are either AI or shipped a few days before ovulation. The teaser stallion was easy to handle, was 18 at time and was able to indicate a mare was in heat and receptive which allowed them to get the vet in to do an ultrasound to measure follicule size.
Its not a bad life, its the life of a stallion. He lived by himself, was stabled with the mares at night and never threw a fit. He was easy to handle, had a job on the farm and was really well loved. There were worse places for him to end up. In all honesty he had retired from being a "professional stallion" and his owners did not want him to end up somewhere bad. They figured after nearly 20 years being a stallion and being well mannered it was okay to use him as a teaser. That said, he was not at your average down the street farm. Its a serious farm with seriously well bred horses.
I get that thought, a retired stallion who has been replaced by an 'upgrade' it gives him a useful role in society.
I hadn't thought about teasers for such a long time, I have only been around small operations for many many years, places that only have one or two studs and a handful of mares, so teasers aren't used.
I think that I was just taken aback by a suggestion made elsewhere, that a stallion, who by general consensus is not of breeding quality, could have a useful life as a teaser. To me that is probably only one up from 'just because' as a reason for keeping him entire.
That led me to thinking about the life of the teaser, if they are indeed widely used, and then how people select them. All interesting stuff.