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        05-06-2013, 10:26 AM
      #11
    Trained
    When I got my stud I was told he couldn't live with anyone, but actually he was a real gentleman when kept with bred mares, in fact he turned out to be a real coward when kept with bred mares
         
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        05-06-2013, 11:36 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    You can always get some older barren mares, assuming your stallion won't physically harass and torment anything with 4 legs. I'm sure there are plenty older mares that could use a good home.

    ... Or you could be the first to create the horse chastity belt!
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        05-06-2013, 01:18 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Slidestop one of those older barren mares that I know of foaled at 28. She was bred several times in her early 20's and did not take. Her owners thought she would be a good companion for a 2 YO stud. She taught him more than manners it seems. Shalom
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        05-06-2013, 01:22 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I have had several stallions. Personally, I always work to socialize them into some sort of a herd.

    It may take time, but I find that they are happier, healthier, and tend to work better when they aren't constantly thinking about BREEDING mares...if they are living with them, they tend to lose the focus on the mares as being ONLY for breeding.

    Now, this is MY experience, and MY opinion, but it's what I do. If I raise a colt as a stallion prospect, he is raised in a mixed herd. It can be difficult to make sure he's always in with bred mares, so there are no "accidents", but this is what works for me.

    When I have acquired an older stallion, whether he be right off the track, or a horse that has been breeding, they get acclimated into a social environment at their own pace. Some take to it faster than others. ;)

    I have VERY good, old mares that know how to "teach" a horse his manners without being overly nasty (for the most part). I have had ONE stallion just "not get it" right away and he ended up with a pretty big hematoma on his chest. He didn't get the signals for a few days, and this was a horse that had been bred in hand for YEARS. He figured it out, and was none the worse for wear.
         
        05-06-2013, 02:04 PM
      #15
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
    My BO has a lovely thoroughbred stallion. He is fine in with the mini donkey, young colts, geldings, bred mares. He is, however, in high demand for the next few months, and has several mares booked. To keep his energy up he is in a corral(large corral) that is completely separate from the other horses, with just a mini donkey for company. Other stallions may be different, but this guy will run, argue with the geldings over the fence and tease the mares until he's exhausted. Once things slow down(end of july/august) he will be back out with some bred mares again.
    Yes, this can happen.
         
        05-06-2013, 02:57 PM
      #16
    Foal
    My stallion Storm is verry gentle and loving!!!
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        05-12-2013, 06:25 PM
      #17
    Foal
    I raised a colt and had him gelded. Then bred his mother again and had another colt when the gelding was 4 years old. The second colt was a beauty so I didn't geld him. The gelding and stud colt played rough together for years and I kept them with his mare and foals and a new colt. No injuries or problems until one day I saw the stud chasing the gelding and colt and they had fear in their eyes so I slammed the gate on the stallion and kept them separated thereafter. But I did put the mare in with the stallion and she had another colt. That colt and the stallion would stand together and groom each other real cute. But I took the mare and colt out of his pasture when she was about to foal again. I kept his 3 year old colt and yearling colt together in a large pasture where the younger colt could get away from his brother. But when I moved to a smaller area I had to separate them because the younger stud colt was tenderfooted and couldn't handle the rocky soil and got picked on by his bigger brother. So it all depends on the horses and things can change rapidly so watch for problems.
         
        05-12-2013, 06:50 PM
      #18
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    Originally Posted by cenproweb    
    I raised a colt and had him gelded. Then bred his mother again and had another colt when the gelding was 4 years old. The second colt was a beauty so I didn't geld him. The gelding and stud colt played rough together for years and I kept them with his mare and foals and a new colt. No injuries or problems until one day I saw the stud chasing the gelding and colt and they had fear in their eyes so I slammed the gate on the stallion and kept them separated thereafter. But I did put the mare in with the stallion and she had another colt. That colt and the stallion would stand together and groom each other real cute. But I took the mare and colt out of his pasture when she was about to foal again. I kept his 3 year old colt and yearling colt together in a large pasture where the younger colt could get away from his brother. But when I moved to a smaller area I had to separate them because the younger stud colt was tenderfooted and couldn't handle the rocky soil and got picked on by his bigger brother. So it all depends on the horses and things can change rapidly so watch for problems.
    Thanks for sharing. VERY lucky that you saw what was going on and got everything under control.

    Our hired hand left the gate unlatched. BEST BUDS gelding and stallion got together ......... and ripped the wholly (fill in blank) out of each other. Being buds across the fence, where they can walk away is one thing, being in the same pasture is another.
         
        05-14-2013, 04:28 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    I have 4 entire males and a gelding living happily together most of the year, this time of year they play fight the worse they come away with is the off minor cut but these boys have lived with over ponies their whole lives. Maybe Shetland ponies are different in the way that they can live together as a shetland can rarely be kept on its own otherwise it freaks out.
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        05-14-2013, 04:35 PM
      #20
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    Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
    I have 4 entire males and a gelding living happily together most of the year, this time of year they play fight the worse they come away with is the off minor cut but these boys have lived with over ponies their whole lives. Maybe Shetland ponies are different in the way that they can live together as a shetland can rarely be kept on its own otherwise it freaks out.
    I don't know! I can only post what I have experienced and respect what others have. Our Stallion is not isolated. He is around the gelding and they "play" across the fence and stall divider. The mare IS kept a little further away but all can see each other in stall and pasture. We ride with others, gelding, mares and stallions and ours are taken out and groomed, saddled, walked and ridden as a group BUT with a little distance and eye on our stallion.
         

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