I like idea of a row for stallions. Yes, a barn meant for stallions would be easier, but its not easier when you have a stallion in one barn and another horse(s) in the other, and they have to be in the same class (could be very crazy). This is from speaking from my experience Devon this year. Easier for some, yes. But it might be harder for the rest.
If one row was meant for stallions (that are okay with it) in each barn, that would possible work out too, I like that idea much better. But, if it was worked out, so the stallions weren't too far (like, one 'barn/section' away) that might work. But if you have horses in Barn 1 and stallions in Barn 7 (made that up), ha! Have fun http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif But hey, thats just mho.
I certainly agree that the typical Devon barn, with open slat walls would NOT be a safe place to put stallions side by side. However, if they were all in a barn like the one Hilltop uses that is renovated to have regular solid walls then I think that should work. Many farms I have worked at and visited with stallions have them in stalls next to each other. I think a "stallion barn" is a fairly common practice. But you would need solid walls.
Hi, Our guys are all next to each other with solid walls, my younger 1 1/2 colt is in a stall with bars at the top and nose to nose with the geldings without issue, Unico was the same way until we moved him because Nikki came to the barn last winter...
YES!!! DEFINITELY LOVED the scoreboard!! it kept alot less horses hanging out waiting for top 6 to be called back~ so it kept the "clutter" of hopefuls ( me included)away from the schooling areas and more horses were kept in stalls..
I LOVED it...
I think the "stallion" barn thing will be almost impossible as it is so many that would need to be included. Every person that has stabled near me with a yearling colt or even a 2 year old has been flipping out (the person) if they were across the aisle with a mare of filly. That could add up to almost half the horses.
The WORST one as far as being near a mare was about 8 years ago, and he WAS a yearling. The mature stallions have settled more, know their job, and are easier to deal with.
I had a person at an Inspection one year that needed a stall. She said she had a stallion, and needed to be careful about who she was next to. When she arrived, she made sure to clear her path, before unloading him. While my boarders were quivering in their stalls, waiting for the savage beast, in she walked with the "stallion", and his mom. He was about 4 months old http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif
My boarders about lost their lunch when she came thru announcing, "Stallion, coming thru....stallion coming thru".
I swore the last time I took a horse to Devon (5 years ago), I'd never go back though I LOVE the show. I, too got hopelessly lost trying to find the parking in the dark (in the rain). I arrived at Devon at 8 p.m., got my yearling filly situated, then got lost for several hours. By the time I got back to the showgrounds, took her for a much needed walk, I think I got to bed at 2 a.m. or something.. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...s/icon_eek.gif
I was so worried about my filly getting her legs stuck in the open gaps in the stall walls, I lined hay and straw bales against the walls.
When you leave Devon, are you suppose to clean the stalls?
When we arrived, 2 horses left that day and one of the horses kicked down a board, landing in a stall one of our horses was in (while the horses were in there). No one notified until we noticed and that took awhile to get fixed.
No, you don't have to clean the stalls when you leave Devon. It's one of the perks.
Boards do get kicked out, and if you notify the stabling office, they will get the grounds maintenance guys (two of them for the entire showgrounds) to fix it. Maybe someday if all of the stalls get renovated, this will be a thing of the past (but then, by the time they finish renovating the last stall, the first ones will need help).
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She said she had a stallion, and needed to be careful about who she was next to. When she arrived, she made sure to clear her path, before unloading him. While my boarders were quivering in their stalls, waiting for the savage beast, in she walked with the "stallion", and his mom. He was about 4 months old http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif
Although I have the opposite story from this weekend. Boomer would be fine next to geldings. Last time he went to Devon he was 2. With his group he was indeed stabled next to a gelding on one side and end stall on the other..but no control over who was BEHIND us.....which happened to be a mare in heat. He was for the most part OK (saftey wise): was excited but not tearing down the stall. His braider was probably not so thrilled w/ the situation as she was trying to work on him real early that morning before I got there.
Now THIS weekend at 4 and "out of season":
He was at another barn for a dressage clinic with his trainer. He was again in an end stall with her gelding next to him. That was fine. After his ride today he was on the middle crossties getting untacked. One mare on ties on front of him and mares on the 2 sets of ties behind him. He was tired after his ride and pretty much just standing there dozing. All these pony club kids were swarming on him and petting him. Melissa told them to be careful he was still a stallion. The all stood back and stared at him with this disbelieving look and said THAT IS A STALLION??? It was soooo funny. She said "Yeah...I wish YOUR ponies were all that well behaved!" The 2 mares behind us were blocking him getting back to his stall so she asked them to unhook on 1 side and move over to the opposite wall as far as they could (No sense in asking for trouble). As she said "stallion coming through" Boomer just shuffled on into his stall http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif.
I think the next time we return to Devon (hopefully next year!), we will enter the performance division. It's a real joke trying to get our boy to the breeding portion of the show as we had to scratch 3 years in a row (it's a joke at this point http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/yes.gif...). I was in the thrawls of Lyme Disease the first time we had to scratch; a farrier screwed up our boy's near perfect feet the 2nd time; and this year, just after I sent in the entry, I received a subpoena to appear in court as a witness in a criminal (bomb threat) case, so I could not just not show up -- that's referred to as "contempt of court!" http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...s/icon_eek.gif And the court date was, of course, the very same day we were supposed to show him!!! Go figure... So, I guess he's just meant to come back for the performance division which we're are currently training. So, we set our sights for that next fall and keep our fingers crossed! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif