I did not say they were in pain.
sorry, read it wrong.
My point was:
-there are far too many mediocre horses(foals, broodmares and stallions) out there. If I had to guess, I would say at least 75% of stallions standing at studs should never have made it past the yearlings intact.
-most people do not know how to properly handle a stud, while in hand, being ridden, or even breeding a mare.
-a FAR higher percentage of stallions will challenge fencing to get at mares or defend their area/herd. That is why, generally speaking, they need higher fencing.
-I believe stallions need to prove themselves, with pedigree, conformation, temperament and ideally, trainability. The number of stallions around here that are never even started under saddle is ridiculous. I believe if you are breeding for saddle horses, the stallion should at least show an aptitude for it, such as excelling in basic saddle training. I'm not talking about waiting until they have 10 years of training, just seeing how they accept the saddle, bridle and rider, doing basic maneuvers. If you are a responsible breeder who wants to do differently, up to you, but the above is my preference.
I have know stallions that kids could lead through a herd of in heat mares without batting an eyelash. I have ridden this same stallion(ottb) with 5 mares, 4 of which were in heat, on a trail ride, with him better behaved then most geldings. I have also seen a stallion, housed in a 6' board fenced pasture on one corner of the property, break out of corral by bashing his chest against the boards until they broke, jumping the remaining boards, running across the property before smashing through another 5' 2x6 corral to get at the other stallion. their corrals were hundreds of feet apart, with a house, barn, and many trees in between.
I think a properly handle stallion is wonderful, but too many people lack the experience, or even desire to handle one the right way.