Friday, October 17, 2008

Studly Behavior

Sometimes I get amazed by natural animal behavior. Though a lot of undesirable traits can be removed from stallions simply by gelding them, (castrating), some traits never leave them.

My horse was gelded and I don’t know at what age. He is 15 now and he is pretty mellow, but he still hangs on to two studly traits. First he is very tidy and he does his business generally in one spot and one spot only. Mares will generally let go where ever they happen to be when the urge comes on, but my horse does a stud pile. I know it sounds like a porno term, but a stud pile is a pile of crap. The higher they can stack it the better. This tells other stallions that there is a horse in these parts that craps really big piles so it must be a big horse and they better leave.

For me stud piles are easier to pick up than going over every square inch that mares tend to crap over and walk through. My gelding will always go outside to go. He will never soil his stall.

The other behavior is the prance. Though, he has been snipped, if we walk by a mare that is in season he will arch his neck and start prancing proudly like a dressage horse. In dressage the movement is called a piaffe, and it is described as a movement in trot (alternate diagonals). It’s beautiful and somewhat fun to ride.

We were riding on the beach the other day when four up-wind horses approached us. He went into his stud mode and showed off until the horses passed to a down-wind position. He looked magnificent.

The thing that gets me is that no matter what training we give our horse there is always something under it all that we will never be able to extinguish. Sometimes we try enhancing what they do naturally. It's all good and it's all beautiful.


Blogger Auntie said...


You build your own studpile, think about it. Everyone does.

5:45 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

Good point auntie, but do you prance too?

6:56 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

No, I limp.

7:27 AM  
Blogger weese said...

hmm, shame I can't get the dog to do this.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

It's a shame that NO ONE could get a dog to do this. There is nothing worse that dog poop. Nothing.

10:23 AM  
Blogger dalia said...

the prance is really pretty, and although i'm no fan of horses (skittish, much?) i love to see them do this. they're beautiful animals, that's for sure.

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

If you want to see what it really looks like check out this
Weese, you're doing good if you can keep dogs from humping stuff.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horses belonging to the US Army always seem to crap at the exact same time

6:25 PM  
Blogger Uncle Walt said...


Stud piles ... THAT's why politicians continually spout so much BS.

To tell other politicians "There must be a BIG politicians HERE! Look at that pile! We better not mess with that country."


9:28 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Anon, I wonder if it is really at the same time or if they just constantly poop.

Walt, humans usually bury their crap like cats. But I see your point about monuments being built.

5:38 AM  

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