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The Natural Stallion: His Behaviour, Training and Management

 

 

ISBN:  978-1-907212-03-1

Paperback 297mm x 210mm; 304 pages; col. and b & w photographs, line drawings

 

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STALLIONS ARE perceived by many people, both inside and outside the horse world, as aggressive and difficult to manage, and in some cases downright dangerous. Comparatively few people have the opportunity to observe stallions in anything like natural surroundings; even fewer will have had the opportunity to study how they interact with their family group in the wild or in free-ranging situations, when left to get on with their lives without human interference. So for the most part people in the horse world will find it difficult to separate the true nature of stallions from the preconceived ideas and expectations of people who have only ever experienced stallion behaviour in very restricted circumstances.

Not only are there virtually no books dealing with stallions other than from the point of view of stud management, there are also many contradictory opinions and conflicting advice being offered on the many equestrian forums to be found on the internet. Much of the advice given, and many of the opinions offered, are based on assumptions and information that may not necessarily be accurate, and which in many cases add to the distorted views so many people have about stallions.

This book encourages people to view stallions in a more sympathetic light, and to understand that a stallion is still a horse, and has much the same needs and priorities as any other horse, albeit with a few ‘extras’ which need to be taken into account in training and management. It demonstrates that for the most part it is the prevalent management practices which create problems in managing and handling stallions, rather than the inherent nature of stallions themselves. The book shows how stallions behave when allowed to live as naturally as a domestic situa­tion permits, and to perform as many of their natural behaviours as possible within the constraints of domestica­tion. It will be invaluable for anyone wanting to understand more about the true nature, not only of stallions but of all horses, and how to keep them as naturally as possible.

Cover photo: Arabian stallion Hlayyil Ramadan, courtesy of HRH Princess Alia al Hussain of Jordan; photo by Reindert Jansen