Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Murphysboro, IL
Stallions are tricky things. My stud colt, though not old enough to breed, stays in the pasture with my mare and gelding. My mare generally is a cold heat-er and she has no problem disciplining him since she basically took care of him since he was weaned and introduced from the herd.
My gelding is an absolute mother hen, but he definitely reprimands him and the stud cold sees how much more fiercely he reprimands my mare, which is not as tough as it sounds. I think, outside of the mare, if he were to stay a stud, he could easily be kept with other horses. The herd dynamic may change, but it would work out.
A stud that hasn't really been socialized as such is a much more difficult matter to deal with. Even socialization over a fence isn't really conductive because it's more the fence saying "no" than the other horse. And placing a stud with a really dominant gelding is just going to cause some pretty severe fighting, especially if there is a mare near by that the stud feels he always has to challenge the dominant gelding for.
You could always try the slow introduction of the stud to a buddy or two. Let them meet on lead and get to know each other and just graze together on leads and whatnot, then eventually let them out to pasture together for increasing periods of time. You cannot expect to socialize any horse without fighting though, so I wouldn't be expecting there to not be any injuries. Horses battle for dominance, it is just about finding the right matching buddy for him to get the least amount of fighting/disturbance.