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post #1 of 79 Old 08-09-2008, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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Are stallions trouble?

I've wanted to raise a colt to become a stallion for a long time now, but I keep getting crap from my girl friend about having a stallion.

I am just wondering if stallions are really that hard to keep and deal with?

In my opinion especially if you raise it that it couldn't be as bad as my girl friend makes it out to be.

PS the horse pictured on the side is my horse.... I came this close
| | to saving his balls.. but my girl friend got to him.

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post #2 of 79 Old 08-09-2008, 04:43 AM
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I'd say "no".

As long as you care for the horse, socialize him well when he's young and manageable, and you work with him and train him, I see no problem with having a stallion. A stallion's just a horse with another name. I'd check out the bloodlines first though, because some bloodlines have stallions known for being hot-headed.

Otherwise, just train the horse well, don't leave him alone, and give him plenty of exercize, and you've got a great horse on your hands!
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It would also be a very good idea to get a horse that is worth keeping as a stallion. There's no point in keeping a stallion if it's never going to be good enough to breed. Waiting for a performance record is one thing, but if it's got bad conformation it's never going to be the kind of sire that betters the breed.

You're going to have to make sure it's extremely well-trained and put in all the extra precautions that are necessary for your safety, your horse's, and any other horses he'll come across.

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post #4 of 79 Old 08-09-2008, 07:17 AM
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Most horses don't need the "extra precautions" though. Like I said, check out the bloodlines. If any stallions in the family history tends to be a little... well... coockoo, then I'd say go for the "extra precautions". But really... most stallions just don't need them.
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Unless your colt has exceptional breeding, conformation, training, and is registered, then the only reason not to geld him is ego. If your prospect is just average then why do you want to breed him? Market conditions today makes an average colt or filly worth very little if anything. Go to an auction and see what they bring.

Stallions need to be handled differently then mares or geldings. They can not be kept together and he needs different fencing. If you intend to keep him in the wire fencing as in your avatar then you are going to have a good deal of trouble at best and/or a lot of vet bills at worse. When it comes time for him to breed, he will do anything he can to get out and no one better be in his way. Are there exceptions? Of course, but it takes a lifetime commitment to his training, handling, and his potential as breeding stock not ego.

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I am aware of the reasons to breed or not to breed... I just wanted to know how hard it was to keep a stallion. My horse scout does have good lines more so from his dad. His sire is Fames Sonata he is a true Homoyzygous Pinto stallion. He was tested and certified by the University of Kentucky for the tobiano pinto gene which means he is a 100% pinto color producer. He’s also SCID Clear.

“Sonny” has had two years of professional training for Pleasure Driving and Country English Pleasure and has placed as Champion, Reserve Champion and Top 10 in these disciplines and Halter. He is Triple Registered National Show Horse, Pinto and Renai and is a NSH Nominated Stallion. He is also a Nominated Stallion for the Show Horse Alliance. He could be Sweepstakes nominated.

Knowing that while my horse had his balls is why I was considering keeping them.

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post #7 of 79 Old 08-09-2008, 12:42 PM
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it all depends on the horse.
When its still a young stud if its mean and you just cant train it out of him then yes! Get those balls OFF!
But if as a young stud he seems gentle and respects you then no he wont be to much trouble.

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I don't think they're necessarily trouble, but you have to remember his personality is going to be different from your average mare/gelding. ;) I think with the proper training he can become a great horse. But remember some stallions can be high-strung & only care about mares rather than doing work. But it TRULY depends on the individual horse.

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post #9 of 79 Old 08-09-2008, 06:43 PM
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I have seen both kinds of stallions.* One that is kept totally by himself and not allowed to be near other horses are far more likely to cause trouble.** I have a sweet darling of a Stallion, he is gentle and easy to handle even when there are mares in season. but He is an exceptional stallion.** He is kept in a ajoining pen next to the mares and geldings. I don't need stronger fencing just higher or else an electric fence ..The only draw back that I see owning him is that he has to be in a pen by himself.* I don't have him running with the mares and geldings in the pasture, so have to feed/water etc. which makes him more work than the others.* I don't use him much anymore for breeding and at 20 I don't think gelding him would do much good.*
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It depends upon the horse. I have seen stallions wilder than WILD!! I just bought a stallion, expecting him to be a bit of a challenge, but he is very laid-back, so much that people sometimes mistake him as a gelding!
Just test him. Begin training, and if he proves too much to handle, and you're sure its because of his manhood, chop 'em off!
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