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post #1 of 15 Old 04-27-2016, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Would you stable your mare with a stallion?

Or am i making excuses? Anyways, brand new mare for a novice rider. She is 7 months pregnant (long story, around here horses are either pregnant mares, stallions or very few geldings - and we stay away from those, those were really unmnagable stallions).

She is stabled alone with a great Friesian stallion who makes his presence felt. Would you say it might be a bit easier to move her somwhere with mares only?

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If she's pregnant, it probably won't be an issue until she foals. Once she foals, it'll be a big issue. I'd move her now, just to avoid having to possibly move her with a foal at her side.
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Not enough info. It depends really on the stallion. Is he well managed and manageable? Right now, she's 7 months pregnant so there's no worries about accidental breeding, in fact, she'd probably humble him pretty quickly if he tried to get 'smart' with her.

I have 1 stallion, 6 mares & 2 geldings (who were not unmanageable stallions, just didn't need more stallions) and one foal on the ground and one more coming. I keep the stallion in one stall in the barn, one gelding across the aisle and, when the other gelding isn't out for training, I keep the 2nd next to the stallion. Just so the stallion isn't tormented, I keep that stall next to him empty when the one gelding is out. The mares have the remaining stalls in the barn. I expect that stallion to mind his manners, no rowdy stallion antics at all, or I'd have a 3rd gelding. The mares are expected to mind their manners when in their stalls too.

I keep pregnant mares out with the stallion when they go out on pasture. They teach him better manners than I ever could. Would I send a novice out to the pasture to fetch the mares? Well, in my case, yes I would because there's no way that stallion will act stupid around a human. If the stallion was aggressive, no I wouldn't. Actually, he'd become a gelding quick, but I understand the cultural differences.

My stallion is extremely quiet and gentle but, yes you can 'feel' his presence. When you say that about the Friesian, what are you saying exactly?
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Its common for stallions to run with pregnant mares, we kept a welsh cob stallion with our two brood mares, both in foal to him as planned but once she's foaled and starts coming into heat again the stallion is going to get very frustrated and so might she
If you plan to move now would be an easier time to do it.
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It is also common for a stallion to try and kill a colt. I would not want them together close to the foal date.
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Ana's breeder keeps stallions and mares stalled across from each other but I'm pretty sure she turns them out separately; they are all extremely well trained and behaved though.
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Thank you all for your input. Where I live it's common to have mares and stallions in the same barns and often next to each other so they are usually well managed.

I was more worried about them getting too attached. I suppose we'll see. I can't really move her anywhere where there isn't a stallion in attendance, but I was thinking more horses might dilute the bond. So far, they aren't any signs other than friendly greetings. And they hear and see other horses all the time.
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Mares tend to not get attached to stallions or at least not any more than they'd get attached to other mares or geldings, the only time they'll show much real interest in them is when they're in season
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When my stallion was still a stallion he always shared a barn and fence line with the mares, not all of whom I bred. The only time there was a problem was when hubby would forget to shut his gate. Not that it was a problem getting them separated but it did create an October foal one year.

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