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post #1 of 17 Old 10-30-2013, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to socialize young studs

Here is my question. We are raising a young stud, and tho I have worked and handled many stallions, I have not yet raised my own stallion until now. From the feedback I've had, it seems to be the best way to socialize a young stud is to keep them with an older gelding. All the stallions except for one, that I've worked with have always been stabled alone and on their own outside.

It seems that the best option is to keep them with a gelding, that way he is able to still be a horse.

What advice do you have with that? I plan on looking at stabling him indoors over the winter as well to give him that additional experience. All input greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-30-2013, 01:44 PM
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How old are these young studs? I have usually seen young stallions (as in yearlings) kept with an older gelding who teaches them some manners. The young stallions will beat the ever living tar out of one another in play but the gelding keeps them in line. After a year they often go to training so much beyond how to house them is sort of dependent on what they are to be used for.
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An older gelding, and if that doesn't work if you have pregnant mares, you can put him in with them.
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I haven't raised my own stud but I've been there since day 1 as my boss raised her fourth stud so I'm hoping I can help a little.

When this current one was weaned she picked out a 'herd' for him that consisted of two mares and a gelding (mainly from lack of geldings that would tolerate him lol). He stayed with them until he started being more stud like with the mares and then was put into a smaller portion of that field where he could still see the geldings and interact but over the fence.

He's kept on his own now, but there are horses in the paddocks across from him and constantly ones escaping and going over to meet him, and in the barn he's stalled next to two geldings with the ability to reach over and interact. I think he's kept alone more of the fact that he's an a$$ to other horses, as she had a stud a few years back who did wonderfully well pastured with his brother who was a gelding.
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-30-2013, 02:05 PM
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pregnant mares and older geldings, Ideally that will keep him in his place and teach him manners for the first year or two(or more). Many stallions are monsters with other horses because, starting very young, they were kept alone, and only allowed near others when showing(not allowed to interact) or breeding. You end up with an antisocial, testosterone filled, dominant misfit, who sees geldings as rivals and mares as only breeding objects.

Also, in regards to stalling, I know many people do this, but while it is hard on adult horses, it is awful for youngsters. they need constant movement to develop physically, strengthen bones and tendons and keep their digestive system healthy. they also need constant stimulation to develop mentally.
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I keep my 16 month old stud in with "the herd" (12 yr mare, 18 yr mare, 3 yr mare, donkey, 10 yr gelding, 23 yr gelding). The mares have come into heat and he shows no interest whatsoever (I know this will change), but I feel having the older gelding, who rules the herd, keeps him in his place. Plus, he is the most placid and lazy yearling I have ever seen.
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-30-2013, 03:26 PM
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Older geldings and pregnant mares will be the best option. The colt will learn his place in the pasture.

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post #8 of 17 Old 10-30-2013, 03:28 PM
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I keep my 16 month old stud in with "the herd"
this is great, as long as you don't mind having a pregnant mare. Colts don't come over and announce that they've "started thinking about girls". No, one day they have a mare in heat who is cooperative, they discover their hormones and off they go. I thought you were fine as long as the colt did not seem 'interested' until one day, the BO's 11 month old colt, who had been out with the herd, was up in the corral with my two year old and decided he should give it a go No 'warning' I just noticed him trying to arch his neck and up he went. she got pulled out of that corral in a hurry! thankfully not pregnant
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No, I wouldn't mind, since I got him for this purpose. Even in heat, both mares treat him like their own obnoxious child, and keep him in his place (and yes, I know this could change as he gets older). Realistically, he has another year of ground training before he will even be big enough to be completely saddle broke. I do not plan on breeding him until he is at least 4 (2016). Both mares are being AI'd in March (ish), so I don't foresee it being a problem until their foal heats (2015). When/ if he needs to be separated from them, he will stay with my older gelding (the younger one is "gay" and prefers the company of females, lol). In the next 6 months they will be moved to a 10 acre pasture, so the minute he shows an interest, he can be moved.

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Are you boarding him somewhere or are you keeping him at your own place?

If you are boarding him, most places that I know will only stall the horse without turnout. Too much risk of a stallion getting loose and accidental breeding.

How old is he? A young stud, under 2, usually isn't much issue being turned out with others. As they get older, they get more likely to cause problems.

Turning out with geldings is ok. I wouldn't turn out with mares unless he isn't weaned yet.

We have a stud colt yearling and he is out with our geldings. My wife wants to keep him a stud until he's 4. We also have a mule colt in with the mares but he's not weaned yet. Once he's weaned, he will be put in with the geldings.
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