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The Stallion

Arabian horses

A black stallion

For centuries, the image of the lone stallion has captured our imagination and stirred our souls. From the magnificence of the black stallion made famous in films, to the quite different Italian stallion, there is just something about stallions that exude masculinity and power.


Of course in simple terms, the stallion is merely a male horse, or more precisely a male horse who has been left intact. Male horses who are not used for breeding are frequently gelded, in order to make them more docile and easy to work with. Those who are interested in creating a stallion breeding operation will need to invest considerable time and money into creating a secure environment for their prize specimens. An Andalusian stallion, a straight Egyptian Arabian stallion and even a Belgian stallion can leap a six foot fence if properly motivated, so good, sturdy and high fencing is essential.


Many stallion owners simply keep one or two stallions on their property, and use them to breed a couple of mares a year. Other stallion owners may keep a large number of stallions, including thoroughbred stallions, a palomino stallion and perhaps even a pure white stallion. Most breeding operations, however, will focus purely on one or two breeds of horses, as keeping the bloodlines pure is an important goal of most breed registries.


Many new horse owners dream of buying a mare and a stallion and selling plenty of high priced baby horses. This goal rarely works out, however, and in most cases horse breeding is not a money making business. There are so many expenses involved, from proper veterinary care to buying premium food for the foals, to proper housing for the stallions, that few if any casual breeders make any money.


It is important for any horse owner to use care when it comes to stallion breeding. Horses are remarkably strong animals, and it is essential that all stallions learn to respect the authority of their human handlers. If the horse has not learned the respect he needs, the stallion breeding the mare can be difficult and even dangerous.


Some horse owners prefer to simply turn their stallions out with the mares and let them do what comes naturally, while other horse owners will opt for the greater control of the situation by breeding in hand. Either method can work, and which one is chosen will be determined by a number of factors, such as how long the outside mare can remain on the premises, the nature and disposition of the stallions and the personal preference of the owners of the mare.


When using the turnout method, it is important for the owner of the stallions to watch for stallion mounting behaviour. In most cases this stallion mounting behaviour should continue for several days, and hopefully a pregnancy will result. It is a good idea for the stallion owner to have the mare tested for pregnancy as soon as possible after the two are separated.


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