Originally Posted by Jalter
In the future, I am debating on starting a horse breeding stable. I understand I have a lot to learn, so please don't assume I am starting this tomorrow with still so much to learn haha.
I understand that stallions are destined to live a lonely life. They tend to be aggressive towards geldings, and obviously can't be kept with mares a majority of the time. In my opinion, horses should have as much social interaction as possible; separated from other horses by stud proof fences doesn't seem to be enough to make the horse happy in my opinion.
Basically, I'd like to be able to turn all of my horses out at one time. The turnouts will separate the stallion from the mares. If at all possible, I would like to have at least one other horse in the stallion's turnout. Then again, I do not want to endanger the gelding that is put with him.
What would it take to have a stallion get along with a gelding? If I bought a stallion as a young colt and turned him out with an older gelding, would he grow up to be 'nicer' towards other geldings?
How would I go about introducing a grown stallion to a gelding?
My stallion(s) are in the barn, right next their mares and if they get along with each other (through the wire separators) they can stall next to each other. Most of the time, I keep them right next to the mares, open or not. They go out to pasture with whomever is in foal until the foal arrives. I don't put more than one stallion in a pasture at a time but I might put one in with 3 or 4 bred mares. When open the mares and foals hang out together, and if I have a gelding, they hang out with the open mares. I can keep at least one bred mare with a stallion 97% of the time.
Right now, I'm only standing one stallion and he's out in a small (2 acre) pasture alone for the time being. My first mare goes for a preg check tomorrow and if bred, she'll go right out with him. The 2nd mare will be bred in a few days and as soon as she's confirmed in foal, she'll go out with him. That way, he'll have company for the next year at least. I also have a very young colt that is out with him right now, the stallion doesn't mind him a bit because he's just a baby. The stallion is keeping the baby happy while he's weaned, baby is keeping stallion happy til there's a bred mare. This stallion is extremely gentle and plays with the babies, so I'm lucky there, not all stallions are this good natured.
Stallions are a PIA. They require a lot more security, really awesome ground manners and can't be allowed to get away with things that you'd let a gelding or mare get away with. That's the down side. The up side? They're fun to have around, have more fire than most geldings, are braver than most geldings when ridden and tend to like to show off more than most geldings. So, I'll qualify the PIA statement with, They're also worth it, if you have a nice one.