A friend in the UK sent me a news item today that I found so disturbing that I felt I needed to share it by way of a warning to anyone who thinks they can contain a stud without adequate facilities
The majority of forum members always seem to agree that keeping a stud/stallion isn't something to be done lightly and the general call when someone says they've bought a stud is -
'Get it castrated unless its really worth keeping as a breeding horse and you have the experience and the right property to manage it.'
There will always be stories of the stallions that are always perfect but this terrible incident should make everyone be very cautious.
A lady who lives in the same area as my friend had to face a sight she never imagined she would have to deal with when she went to check on her 5 mares and 2 Shetlands that shared a field.
Unbeknown to her someone had put a stallion in the next field and the animal had gone wild in the night scenting the mares and broken through to get in with them. All of her horses were in a bad state from being run around all night and covered in cuts and bruises but her 14 year old mare was lying in a pool of blood from injuries caused by the stallion repeatedly trying to mate with her and had died of a heart attack brought on by the stress.
An 18 month old filly this lady owns is now in foal as a result - not something she wanted
The stallion is only an 8 month old colt that the owner claims had never shown an interest in mares before.
I am posting this a warning to anyone who thinks that owning and keeping a stallion - even one this young - is something they can do easily and without risks