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post #1 of 11 Old 05-19-2013, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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How managable are stallions really?

We have a young colt here, Beautiful black boy really stunning. We have two mares here we want to breed sometime, not just yet but in another couple of years we'll be looking. I'm sure the offspring with him would be really something else.

Our intentions from word go have been to see how his temperament goes ... if he shows any signs of being too difficult, just geld, a pity but thats that.

If on the other hand he doesn't, to keep him entire until we'd bred our two other mares to him, then geld simply in the interests of being able to safely ride him in company.

He's six months old now, to date he is really lovely and easy to manage, OK he has his moments of course, he can be a little prat, but I mean come on he's young, they're all a bit that way. Compared to other colts the same age he's really mild.

We're waiting to see how he goes once he hits about 1 and the hormones kick in, but so far his only fault is he'd like to nip when having his feet trimmed ... his mum was the same when she was young, and he's learning better fast.

But we've been told again and again that stallions aren't safe, that they're born vicious and it don't matter how mild and respectful they appear, they're out to get you.

We've never had a stallion of our own before, although we know someone who does, but we were under the impression that yes, you have to be careful, that they could turn very dangerous in contact with other horses, particularly stallions or mares in heat. That some can be quite toey by nature. That you have to train them to be respectful from a young age, as they like to think they own the place.

But that if he was a placid boy, away from obvious excitement he'd be handlable and ridable ... after all people always used to, many people still do, no problem.?

Any experienced people out there in this field, that can define just what the real story is with handling stallions?

Also what are the chances of issues with gelding late? I know of many horses who were gelded quite late in life after breeding, and are just like any other gelding, but I know there is a chance of some continued male behavior, has anyone encountered this?
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While I haven't personally had one, I've handled a few stallions and stud colts. I think with proper handling and precautions they can be wonderful animals. Even then, some people don't do that and turn out to have wonderful horses. I went to an Amish farm and they don't really take extra due to the fact that one of their horses is a stallion. He breeds about 20 mares per year, and then is worked beside pregnant mares and geldings. They just make all of their horses respect them, period. I definitely think that helps, rather than letting all other horses be unruly and nit picking when it comes to stud handling. In all truth, every horse has the ability to easily kill you, so you should take care not to put yourself into dangerous situations on a whim.

With the stallions I have handled they were not much different. All of the full-grown ones were breeding stallions, and I have helped lead them from their paddocks to their stall. I haven't been killed yet, which most people act as if that simple of a task will get you killed. I've done more leading than that, even past mares in heat, and a well trained stallion WILL notice that mare, but shouldn't stop listening.

But stallions do not do well in seclusion. They need to be around other horses or they will become frustrated, and it is also good for them to have a job. Anything you can do to help the stud differentiate breeding time and work time will be beneficial. Most people use different arenas, and different bridles/halters for breeding, working, and leading. Good luck with your colt, but make sure to consider it again and again before making that choice. What makes him a cut above the average gelding?
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-19-2013, 10:45 AM
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I work with stallions every day. If the stallion knows his manners and job then there is not much of a worry. The stallion we have here is a friesian and knows when its time to breed as he has a way of being handled. A new mini stallion we got is a brat. He got to breed mares with no manners and he was never shown any thing. He was brought to our barn the other day to be trained and put into a cart. He was so bad, he was dragging his owner all over the place. I had to take over and get after him a few times as he was trying to get into all the horses stalls. The owner was older and had no strength to handle this little bratty mini. Stallions can be super nice just like any horse. You just need to respect there mind, as they think different because of being a stallion.
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-19-2013, 11:13 AM
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Stallions require tons more training and time put in with groundwork. They need better fencing, and you are liable if he gets out. Meaning, if he goes and breeds someone else's mare, you can be held liable for any vet care for that mare's pregnancy. And yes, some geldings that were once breeding stallions can still act like a stud and try to cover mares.
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I think it all really depends on the stallion, who is handling it and how they are handling it! :)
Good luck! :)
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If this is the first tme you've had a stallion and he's going to share a fence with your mares, do yourself a favor and put a good double fence with electric between them. Mares in season will back into the fence and do everything in their power to destroy it (our oldest mare broke a 6" round post that way)
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I loved my stallion. With correct training and time and manners a stallion can be a great animal. The stallion I rode was wonderfully trained. He bred in a rope halter with a hand signal to mount. He rode trails with mares and went to public events. He was a kids horse when kids were on his back and not to mention he was pastured next to mares and geldings!

Stallions and be like any other horse if trained correctly (:
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I trust my black stallion more then any other pony I have met. He lives with other boys all the time, the only time he has been hard to handle was when he was in quarantine for 2 months with no interaction with other ponies.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-20-2013, 01:56 AM
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Stallions are not BORN vicious they can be MADE vicious.
The best natured and most well behaved stallions I've come across are those that live out with other horses 24/7.
If you isolate the horse - as many do, naturally you will have problems. I believe stallions should live out with pregnant mares or old geldings who are no threat - best the young stallion has the gelding companion since a young age.
A happy horse is never going to be a problem horse. IMHO
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With proper training a handling any colt can turn into a wonderful horse. Stallion , mare or gelding.
do your self a favour if you do not have much experience training horses. Send the colt to a professional and have proper manners and respect instilled in him. it will make yours and his life a lot easier in the future.
Good luck. Shalom
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