|Oregon, 12 year old American Curly Stallion
Question: May not be a training problem, but I thought I would try anyway, since not getting much info from our vet. Our stallion is agressive toward this mare, he has bred 10 other mares without probs, some outside mares. She was also run off by another stallion prior to us buying her. Is there anything we can do to get the stallion to accept this mare? Thanks Any help or insights much appreciated.
From Panelists Annette
First, I have an observation that may shed some light on why this is happening with this mare. Stallions tend to like mares that were like their dams or other mares that were in their natal bunch, and not like those that do not look like their dam or the mares that they were in with as a foal..
So, some stallions will refuse to breed palomino, gray or mares with
a lot of white on them, and/or act aggressively toward them, if the stallion's
dam was a dark mare, or they were not exposed to a light colored mare as
a colt. I would imagine that a curly coated horse would be a real strange
sight to a non-curly horse, and that could very well explain the stallions'
aggressiveness toward the mare. They don't really know she's a horse,
I will tell you what I have done to get horses used to donkeys and mules,
who horses also often react to the way your stallion is reacting to this
mare, with fear and/or aggressiveness, and an effort to drive them away.
They, too, are like horses enough that a horse knows it is some kind of
equine, but is strange to a horse, in that they are often afraid of those
Along this line, you may or may not be aware that, in order to get a
donkey jack that as an adult will mate with mares, the very young jack
foal has to be kept in with horses, so that he will accept breeding mares
of a species other than his own when he is an adult. A jack that is kept
in with other donkeys or by himself until an adult usually will not be
willing to breed mares. This is how nature keeps species from interbreeding
and either not
I would put her in a pen secure from the stallion, but next to him.
At first I would to set it up so that they couldn't even touch noses, but
he could see and hear her and smell her scent carried to him on the air.
You may see him doing the flemen reaction with the outstretched upper lip,
using the very sensitive scent organs under there, to get used to her smell,
and categorize it somewhere in his head that this really is a horse and
From Panelists Laura
Stallions can become picky about the mares they breed if she is a color