Originally Posted by SeamusCrimin
It's all quite reassuring to hear :)
Could you easily keep the gelded horses with mares/geldings after their time at the breeding farm, Dreamcatcher? (Before the 60 days) or were they kept apart for a period of time?
And regarding the foal, for the first three years as a breeding stallion, did you keep him near other horses/was he near any females either when in hand or in the field? I'm assuming a stallion can be very civil when mares are around if you're leading them so long as you've taught them very firm, black-and-white rules from the beginning?
My stallions are taught from a very early age that they are to be geldings unless they are actively wooing a mare in the breeding shed. Otherwise, they are not allowed to call, below, puff up big or any other studly behaviour in the off season. I think that makes it a much easier transition after they're gelded.
Here, the stallions have their own pasture that they share with either young colts and gelding or pregnant mares, so they are very used to being in a herd situation. In the barn, I have good sturdy stallion stalls and they are kept right next to either a gelding or pregnant mare. I keep open mares at the other end of the barn and if I have more than one stallion at a time (LOL! Have run up to 3 and it's a pain for a small operation), then I space them out so that they are not right next to each other in the barn. If I have more than one stallion in the pasture, I put up a temporary fence, just to discourage "manly" displays and fussing at each other.
So, once gelded, after 60 days to be on the safe side, I put them right out to pasture with the open mares and other geldings who've been their barn mates. They tend to remain "He who is in charge" but there's no fighting, just very quick reminders if someone gets too big for their britches.
I didn't collect and freeze semen in either stallion's case because the first one I didn't feel was stallion quality (but he was one of the BEST geldings I've ever had) and the 2nd, I'm no longer breeding Arabians and have no intention of starting again so there was no need. Breeding with frozen can be tricky and I just figure if I should decide to breed another Arab, I'll just go find a really good stallion and buy a breeding.