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    04-07-2014, 01:19 PM
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Question Keeping stallion(s)

Long time no post! And I may not even be posting in the correct spot

Anyway, a family member on my hubby's side may be needing to find new homes for his horses. He used to opperate a sport horse breeding farm and now has 5 horses left. There are a few he does not want to part with and I have made the offer to take a few if he needs. My concern, though is I have never housed a stallion before, and I am certain 1 he does not want to part with is his old (late 20's early 30's) Percheron cross stud. He also has mentioned multiple times giving me their 9 year old stud who did not imprint and is basically untouchable, since I went in and spent a weekend halter breaking him. I am honored and would like the chance to work with Thor ("crazy horse" as they call him), but I really don't know what it takes to house studs.

Any advise on fencing, or horse keeping concerns with studs I should know about before making promises I can't keep?
     
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    04-07-2014, 04:18 PM
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My advice would be to geld, especially one you cannot touch or is hard to handle. It will also cost less to geld than build proper fencing and insurance costs of stallions (stallion owners are liable for all damages a stallion may cause, from broken fences to unwanted pregnancies). I hope you are able to help them out with their situation, the horse market is a buyer's market.
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    04-07-2014, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by karliejaye    
Long time no post! And I may not even be posting in the correct spot

Anyway, a family member on my hubby's side may be needing to find new homes for his horses. He used to opperate a sport horse breeding farm and now has 5 horses left. There are a few he does not want to part with and I have made the offer to take a few if he needs. My concern, though is I have never housed a stallion before, and I am certain 1 he does not want to part with is his old (late 20's early 30's) Percheron cross stud. He also has mentioned multiple times giving me their 9 year old stud who did not imprint and is basically untouchable, since I went in and spent a weekend halter breaking him. I am honored and would like the chance to work with Thor ("crazy horse" as they call him), but I really don't know what it takes to house studs.

Any advise on fencing, or horse keeping concerns with studs I should know about before making promises I can't keep?

I'd geld the 9 year old and I'd consider putting the oldest one down. It doesn't sound like you're equipped or really have the knowledge to keep 2 intact LARGE males on your property. I have had stallions for years and wouldn't even consider keeping the 9 y.o. Here, myself.
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    04-07-2014, 04:35 PM
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I have been pressing them to geld the 9 year old for 3 years now. They had a vet out when he was 2 but he could not be caught so they gave up and haven't touched him since. Breaks my heart. If he comes here that likely will be a requirement, though.
As much as I love the old stud, who is housed with geldings and is the kindest thing on 4 legs, I don't feel it's fair to move him at his age. He has been in 1 place since he was 3! They are also putting down the last broodmar since she is losing weight rapidly.

I am glad to hear echos of what has crossed my own mind. I am by no means new to horses, just new to intact males and I know it is a whole 'nother ball game. We have tons of trail riders go right by the propety every day and I would feel horrible if anything happened due to inadequate facilities.
Thank you both for confirming my thoughts. My DH is not a horse person so doesn't understand my hesitation at taking ALL the horses, lol.
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