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post #21 of 26 Old 05-14-2013, 05:48 PM
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My boy as stated can touch noses with his harem anytime he pleases. I do not allow any other equine males in that pasture or near the mares.
Star was kept isolated for a good deal of his life. He was underwiehght and paced constantly.
he no longer paces and is in great condition.
If I did not have mares and there were none close I would allow Star and any geldings to run as a herd. Shalom
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I was taking riding lessons on a stallion when my colt was born. So I decided not to geld him. I read a book on stallion management and it recommended keeping stallions two fences away from other horses. Where I used to live I just put up a hot wire fence about 8 feet away from the stallion pens to keep the herd from fighting or breeding over the fence. At another place I lived my mare was a pipe gate away from the stallion when I stopped putting her in with the stallion. But whenever she came in season I would keep her out of that area. But they can get sneaky when they realize they are being thwarted in their efforts to breed. So evidently he managed to breed her through the gate because I had one more unexpected beautiful stud colt born.
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I was taking riding lessons on a stallion when my colt was born. So I decided not to geld him. I read a book on stallion management and it recommended keeping stallions two fences away from other horses. Where I used to live I just put up a hot wire fence about 8 feet away from the stallion pens to keep the herd from fighting or breeding over the fence. At another place I lived my mare was a pipe gate away from the stallion when I stopped putting her in with the stallion. But whenever she came in season I would keep her out of that area. But they can get sneaky when they realize they are being thwarted in their efforts to breed. So evidently he managed to breed her through the gate because I had one more unexpected beautiful stud colt born.
Nice to know that you could track your mare so well. Yet your horses managed to get thru fences and? Never mind.
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Well yeah he probably reared up on the gate and she probably backed up to the gate and the rest is history ;>
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I think it depends on the stallion. Some studs can handle being around mares and not covering them, while others can not. Then again, the Bruce effect is well documented (where a female of a given species aborts/resorbs when introduced to a new male). It can be a matter of management/training but at the end of the day is a liability to co-house studs and other horses. If a person feels that its worth the risk than more power to em. That said, others feel its not worth the risk and thats also perfectly acceptable in my book. If I had a stud I would house it with mares or geldings for the pure reason that a stallion with his fighting dander up is not something I want to handle.
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Stallions do not live every minute primed for a fight. When you introduce another horse into the herd or area he is kept in then you have his undivided attention. Proper training and handling though keeps his attention on the handler.
I only use rope halters and can walk Star through a group of mares or geldings.
He prances and talks the whole time but never tugs on the lead rope or attempts to mount or fight a horse. Even mares in heat squirting and swinging their tails toward him.
I would never keep a stallion that I could not handle safely. There are those that are not trustworthy. IMO that is a rarity not the norm.
I do know every move Star makes when I am handling him but that also applies to every mare and gelding that I have ever owned. Shalom
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