Next spring we are leasing, (the best word I can come up with for this situation,) a stallion to breed to two of our mares for two purebred foals who will be eligible for several registries. This year I had a foal out of this stud, and we also have two mares from the stud owner, and two dogs as well. So, suffice it to say, we have done business with these people a good bit. The nature of the 'lease' is a free lease, and we may buy the stallion as well. He is very well socialized and has always been in a herd. I see that as a plus, but also that he does not take well to being alone.
I have experience with quite a few studs, but I've never actually seen fences I'd want to keep a stud in. Plus I've seen studs pastured right next to particularly 'friendly' mares, who literally will pee on the fence, (ow!) when they're around. Now the same people have their studs pastured with geldings surrounding them, but mares not far away.
Now the fence I want to build I want something secure for two mares and a stud, and possibly the foals if we do intend on purchasing him by then. We have several hundred formerly telephone poles cut to size. So in that department we are pretty much set. I definitely want something solid, preferably a hot fence, too. My uncle has a saw mill and can get us a good amount of our lumber sawed. Plus we have 40 or so acres of woods that would supply us with as much as we can saw. I'm open to lots of fencing ideas, I'm thinking mostly in the realm of wire, multiple strands, but I do like the appeal of board fencing with wire on the inside.
Also any (constructive) advice about stallion ownership? Anything you wish you knew before hand? Experiences? I am an open book and willing to learn. This stud is a nice guy, but I'm not sure he is much past halter broke, then again, I've yet to inquire. But that isn't a big issue, I have experience breaking horses, young and old alike. The stud in question is 13 years old, so young enough to get stuff done and not to be entirely set in his ways. I don't want to live in a world of stud chains run through mouths and always walking with a club in my hand like some people do. I'm looking to have a gentleman, and am willing to put in work to keep him that way.
EDIT; I was also thinking that, should we buy him, perhaps opening up to outside mares? Any experiences with that with a small-scale operation? Not sure we'd do AI ever, so would it be a avenue even worth exploring? Not really looking to make big bucks off of this, just offer a good stallion to good mares.