Ugh okay so right now we have our four horses. One is my gelding we've owned for 20 years. One is a mini mare. One is a registered pony stallion. And one is a very bad-mannered Paint Clydesdale.
I just bought myself a gorgeous hunter-jumper/dressage Thoroughbred mare. We're trailering her down to my mom's boyfriend's house tomorrow afternoon so she can be with his horses until we can make room in our barn for her.
We're definitely selling the Paint Clydesdale. No question about that. However, we also need to sell the Welsh stallion because he does nothing for us, and I will NOT have my TB get pregnant. Our stallion is:
*has never shown
*6 yrs old and 10hh
*gorgeous, but that's irrelevant in whether or not we should keep him IMO
be haltered unless you have 2 people corner him into the corner of his stall, when you throw a lead rope around his neck, hold him to your side, and then halter him because he doesn't like to....
*....walk on a lead line!! very pushy on the ground because he is a stallion....
*he is not at all mean. He is VERY calm and sweet for a stallion. loves being groomed, he lets us kiss his muzzle and he buries his head under your arm while you rub his neck....very sweet
So my mom wants him to stay. I do NOT. The only reason she wants to keep him is because "he's pretty" and "he's such a sweetie." I told her to geld him or sell him. She ignored me. He only gets to breed once a year, and that's to our mini mare. My new TB mare doesn't like other mares being stabled next to her, so that could be a problem.
Our horses are all pastured together with free access to their stalls. My gelding and the stallion duked it out over who would be in charge of the mare when we first brought the stallion home a year ago, and the gelding won. He herded her incessantly. Then he sort of gave up and let the stallion have her, so the stallion now herds the mare around everywhere.
I DO NOT want my TB mare pregnant, I do not want her in contact with a stallion, in the same pen, and UGH. When I brought up how horrid it would be if the stally bred my TB, my mom said "they would have such a cute baby!" *HEADDESKHEADDESK*
NO I want to RIDE my mare, not risk losing her to an unplanned pregnancy!
My mom says that since the stally is obsessed with herding the mini mare around, he won't bother Molly (my new mare). So she won't sell him because he's pretty and sweet. Ugh....she wants to advertise him as a stud, but who's gonna breed to an unproven, too-small-to-be-ridden and never-been-shown stallion?!
Is my rationel making any sense? My mom has said it before: the stallion is the source of all the disruption in the barn: my gelding's separation anxiety from the mini mare, my gelding losing a ton of weight last year trying to keep track of her, and it's just annoying me so much that my mom's willing to put my mare at risk by keeping a stallion and another mare in the barn with my mare and my gelding.