Monday, October 15, 2007

You're Not So Tuff!

Skyco is on the left and Boone on the right. Boone is a yearling stud colt that thinks he can play with the big stud. The electric wasn't working so he thought it was a good time to play with Sky. I couldn't believe that Sky was willing to play with this colt and didn't see him as a stud challenging him. Boone is fully dropped and notices the girls going by. I run the stud colts out together as 2 year olds. They seem to get along better with other horses later. Sky was with other studs as a 2 year old and it proves my theory here. Boone kept trying to take Sky's halter. I had to put an end to it because I had an uncapped post right there. Sky would probably make a good herd stud. He likes the young colts.

6 comments:

I Gallop On said...

Hi Callie, what handsome horses! That's a lot of energy there. :-)

Kimberly

Callie said...

Thanks, Kim. These boys are actually at my best friend's property, where she breeds and boards and has a few of her own.

Transylvanian horseman said...

They are attractive fellows.

But if they learn to remove headcollars then you will have fun with them.

Rising Rainbow said...

I agree with you about the socialization of young colts. I do the same thing here as well. It makes them much better "citizens" too when they have been allowed to grow up in a herd environment.

My herd sire went out with geldings until he was about five. I only stopped then because the gelding beat the crap out of him and I was concerned about serious injury.

Callie said...

I've personally never had a stud. Jess does, but the first horse I bought was a gelding who had beenkept completely separate from the hers, for whatever reasons, I don't know and he suffered with social issues. When he finally had some company, he had great separation anxiety and when first introduced to Jess's herd(mares) at that time, he injured one trying to breed through a fence and even still as a 10yr old when I sold him, he had issues. It can't help but logically be good for them. Studs are still horses and naturally herd animals.

Twisted Oaks Quarter Horses said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I'm glad to see that raising rainbow thinks the same way about socializing the colts. People wonder why studs end up hard to handle. Most are locked up in a small stall and basically come out to show or breed. Many get the pleasure of breeding dummies (oh yeah) so that they can breed more mares or don't get hurt. I used to keep a mini with the stud colts. He sure was tuff! He now has a nice home with 2 little children that adore him.