04-01-2013, 05:45 PM
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I'm Another here who keeps the stallions with geldings or other stallions when they aren't breeding.
Occasionally I have had issues with personality clashes, generally in the first few weeks of spring, but rarely with any degree of intensity, if an intense issue arises we separate them and they live on their own for awhile, and we will try another arrangement of horses. I would say the occurances of skirmishes between the boys and those in the mare herd are about equal... And pretty minimal unless a new individual is introduced.
Most of the stallions I have had in the past have had no issue at all hanging as "bachelors" ... I have one young guy now who is a bit tricky, he tends to be dominant in personality and just doesn't seem to know when to give it a rest when the other horse doesn't want to play. He has a small pony gelding pal that seems to always be able to handle him (they play and when the pony has enough he just ignores the young stallion), but other than that, I keep a close eye on him when he's with other boys - if it looks like he's pushing too many buttons I intervene and separate him for awhile.
We always keep the boys with enough space that they can give each other room if they want (and they do, from time to time) and away from mares to keep things simple.
It is my preference because I find stallions which are allowed to be social tend to be easier to manage... Less frustrated, more focused on me when we work.