Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
That sounds pretty awful.
However, at least where I'm from, many if not most do not consider 8 month olds to be stallions. Many horses are gelded around the yearling mark, with some older and some younger, but I wouldn't think that an ungelded foal is irresponsible horse ownership in itself.
I'm very surprised this happened, most mares would give the stallion a few good kicks and he'd back off - after all, horses naturally run with mares and stallions. Perhaps there was something particularly aggressive about this colt.
It's certainly important to ensure horses are properly enclosed, and putting a colt somewhere new (and was he alone?) should have warranted some extensive observation from the owner, and if she'd noticed he was distressed perhaps something could have been done? Here we have a strong electric fence around the stallion's paddock, and he keeps away from it.
Anyway, horrible thing to have happened.