Mainstream sources place the percentage of stallions that should be kept as breeding stock at about 10%, In wild herds, the 10% ratio is largely maintained, though via a different mechanism, as a single stallion usually protects and breeds a herd which is seldom larger than 10 or 12 mares, though may permit a less dominant junior stallion to live at the fringes of the herd.
There are more males than just herd stallions, but unattached male horses group together for protection in small all-male "bachelor herds," where, in the absence of mares, they tend to behave much like geldings.
I've a wonderful CJF farrier who has done my drafts for 8 years. What a difference he's made in this horse's feet and quality of life.
Today he asked if I'd like my two barefoot belgians shod at no charge.
Sedated horses are unpredictable and must never be assumed to be totally safe.
They can wake up instantly and kick very accurately before returning to a sedentary position.
Side effects are uncommon and include the horse falling over, choking if the horse eats before fully awake and colic (very low risk for short procedures).
The vet will advise you how long you need to wait after the procedure before the horse can be allowed to eat again.
He has three former students who want to enter a shoeing contest.
All three are certified, and are shoeing on their own, but never at a competition.
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