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[RC] encountering loose stallions - Michelle Fink

I hope there are some good ideas about this...  Three times in the last 6
months, I've encountered loose stallions belonging to other people on my
property.  They have all been rangy, untrained horses that the owners
apparently don't value enough to bother spending the money to geld.  There
are no Colorado laws against loose stallions that my local brand inspector
can enforce.  Fortunately, I've not been out riding my mare at the time, but
it has me wondering if I do encounter a loose stallion on a training ride,
and he is waaay too friendly or aggressive, what do I do?

I ride past stallions pastured with mares that are kept behind ordinary
fences on some of my training rides.  If one decided to jump the fence, what
would I need to defend myself and my mare?  Would pepper spray stop a
stallion?  Am I overestimating how dangerous a stallion could be??

Thx in advance,

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