Stallions In The Wild & How They Kick Butt


The Role Of The Wild Stallion

Contrary to popular myth, the stallion is not the leader of a herd, but defends and protects the herd from predators and other stallions. The leadership role is held by a mare, known colloquially as the “lead mare” or “boss mare.” The mare determines the movement of the herd as it travels to obtain food, water, and shelter. She also determines the route the herd takes when fleeing from danger

When the herd is in motion, the dominant stallion herds the straggling members closer to the group and acts as a “rear guard” between the herd and a potential source of danger. When the herd is at rest, all members share the responsibility of keeping watch for danger. The stallion usually is on the edge of the group, to defend the herd if needed

There is usually one dominant mature stallion for every herd of horses. The dominant stallion in the herd will tolerate both sexes of horses while young, but once they become sexually mature, often as yearlings or two-year olds, the stallion will drive both colts and fillies from the herd

Colts may present competition for the stallion, but studies suggest that driving off young horses of both sexes may also be an instinctive behaviour that minimizes the risk of inbreeding within the herd, as most young are the offspring of the dominant stallion in the group

In some cases, a single younger mature male may be tolerated on the fringes of the herd. One theory is that this young male is considered a potential successor, as in time the younger stallion will eventually drive out the older herd stallion

“Stallions: Their Management and Handling” is of fundamental interest to all breeders of horses and ponies. This book considers the many aspects of the management and handling of all types of serving entires, from Thoroughbreds on the most modern stud farms at one end of the scale, to Native Ponies living out at the other. A special feature of this intensely practical volume is the superb collection of photographs of techniques and of outstanding stallions of many breeds

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A Stallion Defined

A stallion is a male horse that has not been gelded (neutered). Stallions will follow the conformation and phenotype of their breed, but within that standard, the presence of hormones such as testosterone may give stallions a thicker, “cresty” neck as well as a somewhat more muscular physique as compared to female horses, known as mares, and castrated males, called geldings

Temperament varies widely based on genetics, and training, but because of their instincts as herd animals, they may be prone to aggressive behavior, particularly toward other stallions, and thus require careful management by knowledgeable handlers. However, with proper training and management, stallions are effective equine athletes at the highest levels of many disciplines, including horse racing, horse shows, and international Olympic competition

Stallion Facts

They set the world record for log pulling in 1893. 2 Clydesdale Stallions hauled a sledge loaded with timber weighing 128 tonnes. The equivalent of pulling 22 African Elephants

The smallest pony in history was a stallion named Little Pumpkin. He stood at just 14 inches and weighed only 20 lbs!

By contrast, The tallest ever horse recorded was a Shire called Samson. He stood at 21.2 hands and is also believed to be the heaviest weighing in at 3,360 lbs

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