Is it ever possible to house stallions together? Meaning do they all fight or is it possible they will get along and can be pastured together?
Not something I would do, stallion fights get UGLY, but if there are no mares around in theory they should be fine.
In situations where it works it works....until it doesn't and then it ends badly. For me it isn't a risk I would consider worth taking.
They are housed "together" in stallion barns, in that their stalls are next to each other, but turned out separately with fencing. The trouble is that if a problem starts you have a stallion fight which can be to the death. It's not something you can break up easily or without significant risk of bodily harm. I have not seen well managed barns do it.
I have seen it done in one location and I am shocked that none of the studs have killed each other. Its a situation with a 5 year old stud and two 2 year old studs living next to each other with mares in adjoining stalls. Its not safe. They also chain the horses to the corner for grooming. I hate going there because I leave and feel amazed that I am not injured.
A reputable breeder in my area has three wonderful studs. They are stalled well away from each other however they can see each other and during turnout they can get pretty close (one in the arena the other two in stalls). While it's all very safe and the welfare of these animals is of prime concern I am always stunned at their gentleman like behavior. There is no screaming, squealing, lashing out or generally expected displays of testosterone. There are mares on property and within eyesight. I have seen the one stallion turned out with the mares (for breeding) and he gets along really well with the younger geldings (in another well fenced pasture but they can see and sniff) and none of the studs even blink at each other if you lead them around the others. It's truly a testament to training good barn manners as well as breeding for a level head.
In their natural state (ie feral and out on the range), bachelor groups of stallions will form and hang out for safety. These are usually young inexperienced stallions who are ousted out of the herd by the seasoned stallion (or top stallion) of the herd. So depending upon personalities, lots of pasture room and the absence of competitive interests (eg mares), they may get along. The thing with stallions, though, is that I think they are always loaded for bear -- if a dispute does erupt they'll haul out the automatic weapons and the end result is never pretty.
thanks, guys! Just what I needed to know.
I have a 14 year old 26" stallion and am getting a yearling stud colt that should be about 29".
Most of my boys live together, my breeding stallion who is the biggest and oldest (only 10) got bullied by the other entire boys who are 4 and 5 so we seperated him from them, the stallion now lives happily with a weaning colt and he is totally in love with him and everything is going well for now. If you put them together in a field I would but them together away from girls and do it on a week day during the day, just in case as vet fees are cheaper then ;)
The breeder I bought my Shetland yearling from kept him with her 2 yo stud, and they did fantastic together. She did say that when the 2 yo got more interested in mares (within the next year or so), she would separate them. Her older stallion is always kept separate.
I currently have yearling and weanling stud colts together. I have no mares and they will be gelded in the spring.
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Put them next to each other in seperate paddocks. You will be able to tell if they will get along also do not have mares around.
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