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Re: [RC] Stallions - jspoone

I just wanted to chime in and say THANKS! to everybody posting about their stallions. I am about to buy a gorgeous Morab colt to use for riding and breeding and this thread has calmed my nerves a lot! Most of what has been said on this board about stallion keeping and riding has held true to my own beliefs about them. A lot of the people I have consulted have been telling me i can't ever ride him in public, can't take him around mares or he'll go crazy, etc etc. He is about to turn a year old and has been pastured his whole life with mares and geldings so I'm going to try and keep tat arrangement at my place. He's a very laidback boy so I'm hoping it works out. Any suggestions for fencing, training when he comes to breeding age, etc would be VERY welcome. Thanks guys (and gals)!
Jess (oh no! my herd is increasing again!)
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Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2003 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] Stallions

At Tevis in 2000 I was sitting at Fransisco's with several other horses waiting for a trailer ride out, one of the horses was a stallion, and I ride a stallion...the trailer was a tiny side by side, and none of the other riders wanted to put their horses in a trailer with a stud, so the gal on the other stallion and Willie (my guy) got voted to the end of the line...The other rider and I watched one horse after another refuse to get in the little trailer--pushing their owners around, lunging backwards at top speed, etc...finally everyone had to concede that she and I should get a turn to try to load our horses, too...we looked at each other and walked our stallions into the trailer cheek to cheek--they both travelled up to Auburn without so much as a single squeal.
When I started breeding him last year, I looked up just a TON of Heidi Smith's advice, and followed it religiously...Willie now refuses flatly to breed unless all the elements are perfectly in place--seriously--He is always pastured with other horses, geldings and/or stallions, at various times, and occasionally pastured with the (theoretically bred) mares...he'll tease them, and if one comes into heat, he'll run to the gate and yell at me to come catch and breed them...I dunno if he thinks he CAN'T do it by himself, or just what--but following strict breeding protocols WORKS...I have no worries about what happens if he dumps me at a ride...he'll probably yell at me till I get up and back on...

Mel Sherman

Wild Heart Horses

Goldendale, Washington


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Re: [RC] Stallions, Mel Sherman