Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Raunds, Northamptonshire, UK
They tell you not to wear certain perfumes too, those with musk, like Opium, or to handle your mares in the same clothes that you handle your stallions.
The reason is that stallions have the most highly developed sense of smell of the two sexes - horses can actually track like dogs, they can smell home, water, "other". So if the stallion is prone to reacting strongly, IOW, badly trained, certain smells may cause them to get upset or over excited, which can mean they attempt to mount you.
I made a point of always wearing perfume, and always handling my mares and stallions and geldings in any old order in the same clothes. The result is a stallion who is unperturbed by smells although still very interested.
One of my dogs and the stallion both sniff me from head to toe, literally, when I first see them, so they can find out where I have been and "who" I have been talking to. Horses can also orient themselves by sniffing the air to see if they can smell home, I have seen mine do it up to four miles from home and still get the correct orientation.