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    10-07-2011, 03:58 PM
Proud of my boy :)

I think there are times when your horse does something that non-horse people would think nothing of and it just melts your heart in two. Today was one of those days.

My best friend recently brought her TB gelding out to be boarded at our house. We only have one large pasture available and a small dry lot so I have been slow to introduce them. They have been out at the same time where they shared a fence line and there were no problems at all (not even the smallest snort or ear pinning).

Today I opened up our side barn door which is actually a cement ramp leading from the main pasture to the stalls. I've been putting the TB out on the big pasture half the day and my stallion the other half the day so that the TB can get used to the pasture and be familiar with fence lines once they are turned out together. Poco (my stallion) walked right up the ramp and was standing in the barn aisle as I was throwing hay into his stall. I failed to realize that he had turned around and was watching out the door at the edge of the ramp and my best friend had let her gelding out into the pasture.

It was that moment my heart stopped as I realized that there was no way I could physically stop my stallion from going out after him if he so chose to. The gelding stopped and looked over at my stallion, my stallion perked his ears up, lifted one foot to step down the ramp and I softly said his name followed by "back".

Without the slightest hesitation he backed a couple steps, turned around, and came right to me. I just had to give him a big ol' hug and tell him good boy. I honestly believe we will have no issues turning them out together as they've shown absolutely no aggression to each other but I was still proud that from 20 feet away I could call my boy back from going out to meet a new horse and he obeyed. <3
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    10-07-2011, 04:07 PM
I don't know much about stallions. Are they typically let out with geldings, or even mares? I always thought stallions did best in their own private paddocks.
    10-07-2011, 04:14 PM
People tend to keep stallions alone which I am very much against. They are still horses and very social creatures. They need that interaction. He has been out in herds multiple times with no problems (including mares and geldings). And as soon as winter hits our mare will be back out with him as well (I don't want her bred so we have to wait). But I'm always nervous introducing new horses.
    10-07-2011, 04:20 PM
Fair enough. I was interested since like I said, I don't know much about stallions. Let us know how it goes.
    10-07-2011, 04:29 PM
That's great! It makes stallion ownership a pleasure when they are well mannered. My boys are like that as well. Hondo isn't fond of geldings but tolerates them. Dynasty loves everybody, his best buddy before we sold him was my daughter's 40 inch pony gelding.
    10-07-2011, 04:58 PM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
That's great! It makes stallion ownership a pleasure when they are well mannered. My boys are like that as well. Hondo isn't fond of geldings but tolerates them. Dynasty loves everybody, his best buddy before we sold him was my daughter's 40 inch pony gelding.
It always makes me happy to hear about other people who let their stallions out in a herd or at least with a buddy. I really think it makes them a thousand times easier to handle. Less pent up energy, less aggression, and much easier when out and about since they are used to other horses and know how to read friendly vs not. Poco was alone for years before we got him and to this date has only harmed ONE other horse, a gelding who was kind of a moron, Poco would chase him off and he'd come right back every single time. Otherwise he's been out with 5-6 mares and about 5 other geldings with no issues at all.
    10-07-2011, 05:02 PM
That's a very well trained and obedient horse :) that's great that you keep him with others, I could definitely see how it would benefit them.
    10-07-2011, 05:15 PM
I agree Poco. It makes a big difference. I hate nothing more than hearing of studs stalled 24/7 just because they are studs.

Hondo is pastured during the day with one of my mares who is sterile and Dynasty with one that's in foal. Nothing keeps a stud in check like a mare that wants nothing to do with breeding lol!
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    10-08-2011, 04:10 PM
Well the boys were in side by side stalls today (which is basically two 4x8's separating them). I wanted to see how they would interact again and I noticed the gelding actively does that baby chomping thing toward my stallion. I've never seen this in an adult horse before as the gelding is 15 years old and my stud is 9. I'm sure it's just showing non aggression but anyone else seen it in an adult?
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