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How to House Stallions
Stallion Housing Tips
Thursday 07 October 2010
Keeping stallions can be very hard work. This is because they are always focussed on their mares and breeding. They also make rivalries with other stallion horses. For this reason, it’s important that their housing in the form of horse stables is adequate.
• To start, the horse stable must be very spacious. In fact, ideally it should be 12 x 12 and using the best materials. Heavy duty doors and iron bars are a must on a horse stable for stallions.
• For the mental health of the horse, he should be able to socialise with other horses. However, the stalls must be able to withstand the kicking and striking that comes with this. Walls should be solid and there should be no way that he can kick and get his hooves stuck.
• Turnout and exercise are needed for a stallion. The turnout area should ideally have fencing that is at least 6-feet tall. You must be able to contain the horse, so no-climb horse fence is perfect.
• If you have no turnout pen next to the stall, you will have to find somewhere to turn him out everyday. This area should be without other horses. Stallions can be tempted to try and fight through a fence.
• A companion is often a great way of keeping a stallion under control if he is not with his mares. A goat or donkey are usually great choices of buddy. This interaction will help his mental state and keep him much calmer.
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