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post #11 of 25 Old 08-06-2013, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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^^ Okay so possibly I'm not out to lunch? I had thought one of the members on here had done that, or had written something about it, so the question was in my head. I do realize it would really depend on the stud itself, whether the temperament and how well it was socialized/herd manners. Also I know there should be no mares around whatsoever, I can understand that perfectly by watching any type of animal.

So anyway PaintedHorseMares, did you ever rotate the pastures for your mares? I heard that a good setup rotates with cows so that it breaks up the worm cycle, is that true?

Maybe an ideal setup would be having one main "home" pasture with gates heading out towards different sections. Do you know how far away the stallions have to be from the mares? Out of sight, smelling distance?

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I think a bachelor herd idea works as long as there are no mares in the area. Which is harder now because then you have to trailer a stud to the mares. Its easier and more convenient for many to keep stallions in separate pastures a distance (across the road or a few barns away) from mares. That way mares can be walked to the breeding barn and not vice versa. Then again I have heard of some stallions being kept in the mare barn. This was a very, very well behaved stud who minded his Ps and Qs and lived with the mares.
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So anyway PaintedHorseMares, did you ever rotate the pastures for your mares? I heard that a good setup rotates with cows so that it breaks up the worm cycle, is that true?
I don't know anyone that has rotated with cows for that reason, only to eat some of the stuff that the horses won't touch.

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Maybe an ideal setup would be having one main "home" pasture with gates heading out towards different sections. Do you know how far away the stallions have to be from the mares? Out of sight, smelling distance?
All the breeders that I know kept the stallion's pasture right next to the mares but separated by two good fences 8-10 feet apart so they don't try and breed over the fence. Being close saves you time and effort when teasing and breeding. As I mentioned before, in my experience the mares are much worse than the stallions. The stallions I've seen tend to go crazy running the fence making a deep beaten down path, but the mares will back into a fence and try to break it. Our mare, Angel, has a nice scar on her back leg from doing that, breaking a 6" round post, and getting her leg tangled in the wire. You could keep them out of smelling distance, but I think it's going to be a lot more effort than it's worth if you have the appropriate fencing.

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Wow^^ I could see our old mare once doing that.

I could see messing with the foals until yearlings, but if you've taught them most everything wouldn't it be easier to let them all together until 3ish then just do a refresher course? I'm do know you might show a few, but not all, right??

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Never had as many as you asked about and I think our highest horse count was 26 or 27 counting all of them (mares, foals, stallions, yearling, our geldings we kept to ride).

Minis-I only had 1 mare and her and the stallion stayed together all the time. Had a small pen attached to one of the stalls and the mare would be confined to it when foaling time came. After a few days when the foal had figured out how it's legs worked, they were turned back in with the stallion. Foal counted on mom for food but dad was the babysitter/playmate.



Dad with 2 of his kids following him (mom was probably hiding in the barn).



Our paint stallion was kept in his own corral with access to his little section of the barn. A gate with a strand of smooth wire across the top is the only thing that separated him from the other horses, including mares. It wasn't electrified but since the fencing around the pastures/corrals was electrified high tensile he thought it was or at least didn't care enough to test it. Pastures came right up to his corral. Only time we had an accidental breeding was when hubby forgot to shut his gate, which happened more than once but only one OOPS. He ended up being a pretty good oops though. This is him and his mom with dad just on the other side of them.

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Only ever did live cover and his first year we bred him in hand. After that He'd be in one corral and I'd take the mare (my mares) to be bred and put her in the adjoining one. Open the gate, let them do their business then I'd put him back in his corral and take the mare back to her pasture.

Made the mistake of having 6 mares due in about 6 weeks of each other and by the time it was all said and done I think I spent about 2 months staying at the barn every night. I was a walking zombie by the time I got to move back to my own bed every night.LOL

Pasture scene that shows some of the mares and foals that crazy year.

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We had no outside help, you just do what needs to be done. Most often I sold what I wanted to sell by the time they were 2 so I only had the basic training in them. Once the market went caput I had both stallions gelded. Down to 12 horses now and that's pretty manageable since we have plenty of pasture.
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Thanks for the info, if I come off with any more questions I will ask. :)

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Wow^^ I could see our old mare once doing that.

I could see messing with the foals until yearlings, but if you've taught them most everything wouldn't it be easier to let them all together until 3ish then just do a refresher course? I'm do know you might show a few, but not all, right??
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Yes. Except for what you want to show, after the basic ground sills t's just a refresher every so often. Starting at 2, we start with very light lunging for short times.

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I just read something about a bachelor herd study as well. Equus I think? Here is a article from TheHorse

Keeping a Stallion With a Foaling Mare, or Mares | TheHorse.com

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The Appaloosa stud I bought my horse from (he was a stud there for one season) has a bachelor herd with the stallions (usually about 3) all together in a nice big paddock/field. They get along fine and I am sure prefer it over being on their own 24/7.
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post #20 of 25 Old 08-07-2013, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I read as well, just hadn't had the input to if it really worked or not!

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