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Old 06-15-2005, 10:49 AM  
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Age to separate colts from mares?

A friend is considering buying a yearling colt. She has three mares (one bred, two unbred) and a filly foal she plans to keep him with this year. At what point should they be separated?

Also, they are planning to use this colt for breeding. What age is considered mature enough to start breeding a stallion, or does it depend on their mental maturity more than physical age?
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Old 06-15-2005, 11:25 AM  
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Some colts can breed mares in their yearling year! I don't think it is a good idea to plan to breed them until they are older though; 3 - 5 is normal around here; most people wait until the horse is started under saddle and has established manners on the ground and under saddle before using them for breeding.

I would not keep an ungelded yearling with fillies or mares. I usually seperate them at weaning, until they are gelded, as I find the ungelded colts will still try practicing mounting the fillies and they can get hurt by the annoyed mares, and they could hurt the fillies.

I'd rather be safe than sorry.

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Old 06-15-2005, 01:50 PM  
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That yearling colt can sire babies as of about 4 mos ago[in some cases] and keeping them together is not a good idea.
You may suggest she does some studying up on stallions and breeding. If she does not have the knowledge base to know even the basics she may not have a good result with having a breeding stallion.
No offense meant-but I have seen some horrendous things happen with novice stallion owners.
There is an excellant book entitled Stallions-author's name escapes me at this moment-recommend that book highly
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:04 PM  
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Toveromom and EquineAlberta-

Okay, so I am not the total idiot like she made me out to be when I told her almost exactly what you both just said. That's a relief; I was starting to think everything I thought I knew was wrong. Believe me, no offense taken on my part!

They have owned horses for four months now with absolutely no previous experience and think owning a stallion is a fine idea. I could go on and on about this whole ordeal with these people but no one has the time or patience (or probably interest for that matter ) to read it all, believe me.
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:50 PM  
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Oh lordy...
That is a skeery thought
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Old 06-15-2005, 05:32 PM  
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And people wonder how stallions get a bad name? It's starts with people who know nothing getting one, not knowing how to handle them, then the poor (abused horse, imo) hurts somebody, then gets blamed! Hopefully they decide against this.
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Old 06-15-2005, 05:37 PM  
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True,mostly-but some stallions are hard to handle even at the best of times
Not for the novice
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Old 06-16-2005, 08:39 AM  
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Oh guys, you're gonna love this.

They bought him last night. He's never been trailered before so it took them 3 hours to load him. Brought him home, put him in a separate pen with 4' fence which he proceeded to jump so he could be with the mares. Hmmmm.

She told me it's okay to keep him with her mares since the lady she bought him from kept him with her mares and he was "fine". Okay, so if she jumped off a bridge, it would be okay for you to do it too. I see. It's not like they've been keeping 24 hour suveillance to make sure he's not mounting them!

*shaking head*

I'm expecting a couple of babies next summer, whether they are or not.
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Old 06-22-2005, 03:35 PM  
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My equine reproduction class I took said always seperate colts and fillies at 8 months of age. That is to be on the safe side.
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Old 06-22-2005, 05:09 PM  
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Orchid:

I am starting to believe that we have the same neighbors

I sure can relate, my advice, DO NOT get to involved. Unless there is threat of physical injury to the HORSE leave it alone. Besides it does make for good entertainment...

Remember my @#$%^&** posts

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