Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
Our young stallion prospects (yearlings usually). Get turned out with the crabby, preggo broodmares. They learn manners quickly, and are also getting herd skills and getting to interact. They are usually put out there for a few months, and are almost always at the bottom ranks of the pecking order.
When they are 2 they are turned out with the geldings to mingle and interact and be a horse. The same thing as they get older from there.
The WORST thing a person can do is to completely isolate a stallion from other horses....he is a horse still so should be treated one. Ours have their own pen, but they can still see and touch other horses (there are a couple geldings penned between them so they have no contact with them).
Because how do you expect them to act when you take them someplace and there is all kinds of stuff going on, with passing horses, ect. They are going to be overwhelmed and harder to work with because they won't know how to react.
I see more troubled stallions that are horrid because their owner tries to isolate them from what is natural to them, and it just causes more problems.
So when we do have a stud, they get treated like any of the other horses. They get turned out with the geldings, they can see and interact with other horses, ect.
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.