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post #1 of 11 Old 10-26-2007, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Difference in Breeds

I've worked mainly with Rocky Mountain horses, and I've noticed that they are very different than other horses.

Especially the stallion. I've been yelled at for keeping him with a mare when he's two. But I tried to explain to them that he's totally uninterested. 2 year old RMH stallions don't have those hormones yet. Or at least not the ones I know. Also the stallions in this breed seem to be easier to handle than the geldings.

I don't know if anyone else have noticed major differences in breeds.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-26-2007, 07:01 PM
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I agree Rocky/Kentucky mountain horses are pretty mild mannered. I have heard that some breeders are going for a more high strung line (I have no idea why) so there are some out there that are a little more "normal". I'm not sure on keeping the stallion with a mare unless you want them to breed, watch out they may be going off behind the barn

I'm a little prejudiced about the breed I have 4 of them :)


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See, after my pregnant mare died, he was put with a mare and her foal down the road, at a friends house, cause he needed company and I was away so my family and friends did the best they could.

He was way more interested in playing with the baby. In fact, the mare wouldn't even let him near her. It may just have been the particular mare, but I think he's still young enough to just want to play.
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-28-2007, 07:46 AM
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My colt is a yearling but we don't have him with the mares just incase he does put one in foal and we do not want to risk it.
Most people don't put colts in with mares from yearling and on down my way unless they want there mare in foal.

I guess in all this you have to use common sense.
Our colt dosn't act colty one bit but just because he dosn't act it dosn't meen he wont put a mare in foal
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I don't know if there is some medical thing behind it or not but some stallions don't seem to have the "drive" others have. We used to have a standardbred stallion who never, ever showed any form of interest in mares. He remained ungelded until his death and still never showed any interest.

Dad asked the vet once what it was all about and the vet was unsure. The only that he could come up with was that he had some sort of hormonal imbalance that gave him so little testosterone that he had no drive. Something like that anyways...i was young :) he said he could tests and figure it all out if we wanted but dad didnt bother when the vet said it would be nothing that should cause him any long terms effects and health issues

Im not saying that's the case with you but sometimes 'common sense' is realising that there are out of the ordinary situations as well as the norm. Keep a very close eye though if they are going to be kept together. Any kind of stallion like behaviour, get her out of there unless you want a baby :)

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He's out, don't worry. He was just there temporarily while he adjusted to Angie being gone.
Then he stayed with a gelding donkey for awhile (I don't know what they're called...) and now he's alone and seems okay.
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-04-2007, 08:34 PM
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eeeexcellent

A jack or a jackass I think is a male donkey. Or is it a mule??? Oh I don't know lol one of those is the right answer hehehehe

Ok I googled it and its a gelding donkey or a cut jack :)

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Now I feel sorry for him that he is alone :(


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Now I feel sorry for him that he is alone :(
hehehe oh vida! You sound as soft as me :) not that its a bad thing...its a good thing :)

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I know, I feel bad, too. But he's handling it ok. He's got some friends across the way to talk to. I"m just hoping he doesn't get it in his mind to go visit with them again. (He did that once a few weeks ago).
A jackass is a stallion donkey. So cut-Jack makes sense.

Still holding out for a companion for him, but I'm not as desperate as I was. Luckily rocky mountain horses find human companionship almost as good as horses. I just can't be out there every minute. Especially now that it's getting cold.
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