8 facts that you didn’t know about stallions

by Jess
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Stallion horse running free

Stallions are often seen as the most magnificent creatures by some horse lovers, while others might think of them as giant mysteries. They have a reputation for being a bit of an enigma, with people holding all sorts of opinions about them. But here’s the deal – stallions are pretty interesting characters, and there’s a lot more to them than meets the eye. In this article, we’ll uncover 8 surprising things you probably didn’t know about stallions, from how they behave in groups to their attitude in breeding and training. Let’s get to know these amazing animals a bit better!


The first aspect to delve into is stallions’ social behavior. In captivity, it’s quite common to find them isolated, with limited contact with other horses. Unfortunately, this isolation is often the go-to choice for inexperienced handlers who’d rather not spend the time introducing a stallion to the herd. However, it’s worth noting that isolation isn’t the only solution.”

1. A stallion tends to form stronger bonds with their friends compared to geldings and mares

Stallions can be more socially oriented than mares or geldings. They often form strong bonds with other horses and can become distracted or agitated when separated from their preferred companions. This social aspect can often influence their behavior during training sessions.

2. Stallions have a strong instinct for scent marking their territory

Picture stallions as the newspaper readers of the horse world. They get the scoop on what’s happening by sniffing around horse droppings. It’s not uncommon for them to add their own mark by urinating or defecating on another horse’s business. In domesticated settings, this behavior tends to tone down. Stallions are also inherently territorial and may be aggressive towards other stallions that enter their territory. This behavior is often seen in the wild but can be managed through training and socialization.

3. They are very susceptible to changes in their surroundings

Have you ever heard the advice to gauge your horse’s mood before planning your day? Well, it’s especially important when you’re dealing with stallions. During their breeding season, they can act pretty ‘stallion-ish,’ showing more aggression and getting easily worked up by even small changes around them. It’s not unusual to see a stallion going from super chill to all fired up for no obvious reason. Keep an eye out for changes in their environment, like a new horse nearby. Handlers and riders should be aware of these behaviors and take the right steps to make sure everyone stays safe and sound, starting with the horse!


Most of the time, stallions are kept primarily for breeding purposes. This is especially true when the horse in question boasts an impressive pedigree, has excelled in a particular discipline, or possesses a well-balanced temperament along with other high-quality traits.

4. Not all stallions are suitable for breeding

For a stallion to be officially recognized as a stud (specific breeding registries may have additional rules and conditions to be followed), he must undergo a breeding soundness evaluation. This evaluation typically includes physical and reproductive examinations to ensure that he is fertile and capable of producing healthy offspring without any hereditary health conditions.

5. Many stallions have relatively short careers as breeding stallions due to the physical demands of breeding

They may retire from breeding earlier than their overall life expectancy, which can be over 20 years. During their stud career, they also require a special diet to meet the increased nutrient needs necessary to ensure fertility.


Training a stallion is challenging, but it also brings the rewarding experience of having one of the most loyal and courageous animals by your side once you’ve earned their trust. Stallions can teach you more about yourself than a thousand life lessons ever could. They are never ordinary or predictable, but they thrive on a stable routine even more than their mare and gelding companions.

6. You don’t dominate a stallion; you must partner with him.

It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about stallions as if they were dragons to be tamed through sheer strength and without any compassion. These equestrians often overlook the crucial aspect of building a strong bond with their stallions (and all horses, in general), which relies on creating a positive and trusting relationship. Due to their assertive nature, stallions often require experienced handlers who can effectively establish and maintain trust and respect, as stallions continually challenge these qualities. It’s true, you might encounter more pronounced challenging behaviors from a stallion, which is why handlers must remain consistent, calm, and assertive in their training methods.

A horseman who was helping me with my stallion, Yazan, once told me: “If you’re trying to manage him, you’ve lost from the start. You have to engage with and play with a stallion, accepting that you’ll never truly control him.” He couldn’t have been more right about this.

7. A stallion can be used both for breeding and riding

Did you know that stallions can do double duty? They can be great for both breeding and riding. It’s all about finding the right balance. Owners often manage their time carefully, focusing on breeding when needed and riding when it’s time to hit the trails or excel in equestrian activities like dressage and flat racing. It takes some know-how about stallion behavior and safety, but when done right, these horses can shine in both roles. So, if you meet a stallion that’s a pro both in the saddle and the breeding barn, you’re witnessing their incredible versatility!

8. Stallions may prefer to go last when on trail riding

Many stallions, as well as horses in general, often exhibit a behavior in trail riding that mimics their natural instincts. In the wild, horses often travel in a herd, and the more dominant or protective individuals, like stallions, may position themselves at the rear of the group to keep an eye on the others and ensure the safety of the herd.


Stallions, being naturally protective and watchful, may indeed prefer to go last on a trail ride because it allows them to fulfill this instinctual role. They can keep an eye on the group, ensuring that no one gets left behind or faces potential dangers.


However, individual horse personalities can vary, and not all stallions will automatically prefer this position. Some more competitive ones may feel comfortable leading the group or being in the middle, while others genuinely enjoy the responsibility of being the “trail boss” at the rear.

Let’s help the equestrian community in dispelling myths related to stallions.

After unintentionally owning a stallion for over two years now, I’ve grown weary of people making assumptions about him solely because he’s a stallion. Fortunately, I’ve also encountered thoughtful equestrians who have helped me better understand him and have given him the opportunity to enjoy a social life that any horse deserves. That’s why I believe it’s crucial to share as much information as possible about these remarkable creatures. Only by increasing our knowledge can we help the equestrian community debunk the myths that have been built around stallions.


If you want to find yourself a nice stallion, you may also be interested in this article where i list all the best places where to find horses for sale in the UAE.


Have you found these facts to be true with your stallion as well? Do you think I missed something? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!”

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