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  • Turnout of mares with gelded breeding stallions

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    03-23-2013, 10:03 AM
  #21
Yearling
My Belgian stallion is kept with a sterile mare. She keeps him in line. As he has never been extensively socialized because of his size I would not turn him loose with geldings or mares/babies due to the size difference. My Quarter stallions are rotated. At foaling they are kept together with geldings in a pasture out of sight of the mares and babies. If we are pasture breeding they along with the geldings are turned back in with the mares they will be breeding and run with bred mares and babies until foaling the next year. If for any other reason they are separated they are kept in a large pen (small arena size or portable round pen- 60ft) in the same field as their band. Depending on the reason I may put a companion with.
     
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    03-24-2013, 02:42 PM
  #22
Yearling
We currently have one breeding stallion and three colts on the property. Flash is a 13.3 ish pony colt, he alternates going out with two geldings and being by himself. Before we got him he was with two minis, a colt and a mare. How on earth the mare didn't get bred I have no idea, but we have all three. The other colt she was with is with her still, though they are getting separated. She will go out with the mares/foals and he'll get gelded and sold. Tried him(Bullet) out with the two mini geldings, for some reason the boss gelding does NOT like him.

Greyfeather is the breeding stallion, and until recently he was kept with two geldings, two bred mares and my filly, who is finally starting to come into heat. So now he's only with his two bred mares. He's generally very easy going, but with spring coming he's been harassing the geldings.

My cousins colt is kept alone. He and the geldings fight immediately.
     
    04-01-2013, 06:45 PM
  #23
Yearling
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.
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    04-01-2013, 11:32 PM
  #24
Yearling
My geldings and studs all live together but are taken out and put in a pasture with the mare when breeding. Put back with the boys when the job is done.

I've never had any serious issues
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    04-04-2013, 02:11 PM
  #25
Foal
My stud colt (11 months old) is pastured alone but goes out with my friend's gelding almost every day for a few hours to play. I was putting him out with my mare but she decided he's gross and isn't the sweet little baby he was a few months ago. She has no tolerance of stallions.
His pasture is currently made of wire and wood posts. Was actually used for as a mare and foal turn out area. The wood posts are very thick. Soon the pasture will have electric wire instead of regular wire because there are mares on the property.
If I had the option, he would be fenced in a larger area with a safer gelding friend and would have a wood fence with electric wire. I'd also prefer mares to be pastured on the opposite side of the property. But I board, so that is not an option for me to decide upon.
     
    04-05-2013, 10:02 AM
  #26
Green Broke
If I had a stud, I wouldn't have to worry about him getting to the mares. It's more of ROSIE getting to him! XD
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    04-05-2013, 10:09 AM
  #27
Green Broke
I don't own a stallion, but have a good friend who raises QHs . He has huge acreage, each stallion out with the mares during the spring and into summer to cover mares after they foal.

Late summer he brings them up, puts them in adjoining pens for several weeks, then turns them all out together for the winter in a huge pasture with no connecting fences to mares.

He has no problem with them as they have no mares to fight over. They are sane, happy, and get to be HORSES .. even in the "off" season. They play like colts ..

It works for him.
     
    04-05-2013, 09:07 PM
  #28
Yearling
Personality clashes will happen, not because they are stallions because they are animals with brains. With enough space most horses regardless of sex can get along. No need to keep a stallion in seclusion.
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    04-07-2013, 11:52 PM
  #29
Weanling
We keep our boys with their mare herd during breeding season... during winter the studs are stalled and all the girls are kept in one area together.

During winter I can turn out two of the stallions together daily.. and the other has to go out alone.

We have electrobraid and high tensile (electrified) for fencing.. the boys don't test it.
     
    04-08-2013, 12:09 AM
  #30
Trained
Skippy has a 2 acre pasture to himself. He shares it with the mare he's to breed or if hand bred, the mare he's bred, once she's checked in foal. If she has a foal at side, the foal goes out too. Skippy would be fine with my gelding but the gelding, until a year ago was a stallion, will not tolerate Skippy and will run HIM through the fence. So, when I have all bred mares and Skippy together, if there are no open mares to keep him company, then the gelding gets the 2 acre pasture and Skippy and the girls can have the big pasture.
     

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