Originally Posted by TheLastUnicorn
He may (or may not) change when he is removed from his mares... So be careful sonce you said he has not been handled perfectly. It is not uncommon for stallions to seem placid and gentle when things are " all right in their world" the problems crop up when stresses are added.
Curb the nibbling... It is a subtle cue of dominance. (Correcting the subtle cues is how you prevent a stallion from thinking bigger ones are needed). Some might disagree with me, but this is honestly what I have found after raising 5 stallions and a few more colts. (Especially watching them interact with each other)
Of course we will get rid of all the bad habits, and work as much as needed to make him in the best horse. I want to save him, I really do, noone else was interested, just a meat buyer, makes me sad. Even with one eye, he can be a great horse - just takes more time and patience.
Some of the stallions I worked as a groom for had the habit of nibbling as well, got rid of it in a week. Towards me. One of them was very dominant, the trainer always smacked him on his face when he tried to nibble or bite, so was quite head shy. Didn't fix that, brushing his face was a nightmare, but later on he walked next to me like a puppy, not a macho stallion. Stopped bothering me when I was cleaning his box and overall was nice to work with after the first week. Others were easier from the start.
I did get once pushed out of the box door when I was closing it for another stallion, but then again he was grazing on a chain all day when mares in heat are on the fields nearby. Mares he had covered and would still cover. Plus I blame the person who called my name out that time. Caught him allright because he respects fences well. Other times he was very gentle and easy going, I could ride him in the small area we had for riding, when he was started just about 2 months before at the age of 6, and the mares could stand nearby and watch and he never tried to take me to them.
The gelding that would be his company is very gentle, doesnt seem to have a care in the world, lives with a grumpy herd right now, but he never has problems, and never seems to be bothered by them all either.
And OFC If the stallion comes to my home I will keep them in separate pastures with secure fencing in between whilst they get to know each other and then slowly try to get them together, and with my friend who is helping me with all this fuss we have discussed the possibilities, if they cannot live together and he is not needed or wanted for the breeding programs, We think its better to castrate than make him live on a smaller pasture next to the other horse.. better they can enjoy their lives as friends, not just acquaintances over the fence.