I asked if anyone was keeping a young stallion with or in close proximity to mares and expecting him to manage himself. I received close to 100 comments from people the world over. In general, the answer seemed to be, people do this, just not in America. Let alone in New Jersey, maybe in the west on vast acerage. Stallions must be kept separated, isolated and managed with great restraint.
|From left to right Valentine; Harley; Sterling July 2011|
|Mya is the short horse|
Sterling is now 15 hands tall and a reddish grey color. He has bonded in a uniquely male way with Harley. They play rough and leave marks on one another. They do not play with or leave any marks on the girls in this way. In fact, I have watched the herd running and come to a place where they are going to stop and Sterling will move around all of the girls and jump on Harley; biting, rearing and wrestling with one another. He does not even think of doing this with any of the girls, or me. This is the help I'm talking about, I'm grateful I don't have to do this work alone.