Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Stan and Slidestop, you both are right. How's this? If a mare gets loose and in with a stallion, the mare owner is responsible. If the stallion gets loose and in with the mare, the stallion owner is responsible.
I've heard of more stallions getting loose than mares in heat. So generally, the stallions are then responsible for the breeding. It's not impossible or unheard of for mares to get loose and hunt the stallion down.
Both are right on this also. You can't train instinct out of a horse but you can train them to not act on it. If you couldn't, stallions definitely couldn't be rode with a mare in heat. Same with mares in heat, you can train them to not act on instinct of wanting to breed. We ride our mares when in heat without issues. If they were to start acting mare-ish, the would be corrected, even a CTJ meeting if needed.
It all falls on the owner that lets the horse act on instincts.
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