“Stacy-I am thoroughly enjoying your Facebook page and your blog. Since you do travel so much, how do you handle stallions? Any proper precautions/suggestions you have? Do you haul mares with them? Thank you kindly!-Sharli”
Sharli- We are currently on the road hauling a stallion, Jac, a gelding, Newt, and a mare, Lucy.
When we load them, if we have the space, we go stallion-skip a stall- gelding then mare. We do this because we largely haul the horses in the slant load with them untied so they can put their heads down. Jac (stallion) and Newt (gelding) will play under the dividers but Newt can still choose not to play if he wants by not putting his head over there:)
Our trailer does have a ‘stud wall’ up front. On this trip we have our hay there. If we were full of horses Jac could go in there but with the full wall between horses he wouldn’t be able to visit.
The biggest thing in general with stallions is being sure they will listen to the handler. The training isn’t really very different…it is just that the stallions tend to question authority or become distracted more easily. If they ask questions the handler needs to be prepared to answer; for example if they invade your space you must correct them for it. If they are distracted then I take it as a sign that they need to be kept busy. For example if I am leading one and they are looking for a mare then I will stop, back, ask them to drop their head, etc….mixing it up. If I can keep them busy they are more likely to stay focused.
When we stay at horse motels or if we are at shows we also check out the stalls to make sure that they are set up so that mares can’t tease the stallions. If possible we put them near geldings, in end stalls or along the walls to reduce the number of possible mares in heat stalled next door.
Stallions are extra work and are not for everyone but the well trained ones often behave so well you wouldn’t even know they were stallions.