I ride my stallion almost every single day. I most often ride him with my gelding (who is ridden by a 14 year old leasing him). I also ride him to a nearby arena always busy with a variety of horses. He also sees a variety of horses at the shows and other events I take him to. He therefore gets to be around a lot of other horses, but he is always under my control in these situations.
His pen is very large with a run-in style stall. There is about a 4 ft. gap between his pen and the one next to his. We usually keep one of the geldings in there, but are considering keeping the pregnant mare in there until about a month before her foaling (so that they get each other's company, and we can control her diet). My stallion's pen shares a round feeder with that of the horse in the pen next to him - they get to eat together, but can't really steal each other's food.
His pen is separated from our two acre field by about 20 ft., so he can also see the heard all the time, but can't get near them.
I like the idea of giving him periodic visits, maybe on weekends during the day, but seperate by feeding time. After hearing what you guys have seen about stallions with geldings, I think I will avoid putting him with them, and only give him time with the mare. I don't want to get one of my horses hurt! That is horrible!
so do you guys think this is the recipe for creating a mental stallion? Being on his own, he has always been very people friendly, which I like (he came out of the barn and up to the feeder to say hi when I went to take the picture above a few minutes ago). I also know that horses are in fact heard animals, and I want to nurture that as much as I can without getting any of them hurt.