Kayty, I am so heat intolerant that I might just prefer the snow! Until it melts, floods my barn and muddies up the pastures.
Anna, I would not own a stallion if we had to keep him stalled and isolated. We have always had him live with his mare(s) and babies. Unless he is not suppose to be breeding anyone that year. He is so used to having a job when the halter is ON that he doesn't think its breeding time and doesn't even ask. He shares a fence line with mares and geldings on one side and the other stallion on the other. Both stallions are very sweet boys, people frequently have to "check" to believe they are not geldings. This stallion doesn't like to breed strange mares, he seems to prefer to wine, dine and court them first. He declined breeding my Percheron mare all together initially! She went in heat three days after moving in to his pasture and he just "courted" until her next heat cycle a month later. He is very modest and gentlemanly. I am sure that is due to his herd living arrangement. And knowing my horses as well as I do its just as easy to record pasture breeding dates as hand breeding.