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How to Handle an Aggressive Breeding Stallion

| Updated September 26, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Experience in breeding horses

  • Professional help

Stallions are some of the most intense breeding animals in the world. They are as full of hormones and instinct as any animal on the planet. Handling them at any time can be dangerous, but never more so than when the stallion is naturally aggressive when breeding. This article will give you some tips on how to handle such a stallion.

Get professional help. Before you ever attempt handling a stallion, especially an aggressive one, you must have professional help. A stallion has natural aggression built into his hormones but, most of the time, good training and exercise can control this natural aggression. In some rare cases, this is not enough.

Be aware that it is possible for a stallion to become horribly aggressive when breeding mares and he will savage, bite, kick, and attack the mare he is breeding. This not only hurts the poor mare being bred, but can seriously endanger any humans that may be in the vicinity. If a stallion displays this kind of behavior towards a mare, the best solution is to turn him out with a seasoned old mare who is NOT in season. Make sure the mare is in good health, sound, and is a dominant mare. She will soon teach him that mares know how to defend themselves. Be aware that your stallion may get hurt but, more than likely, it will not be too serious and the consequences of allowing him to continue his breeding behavior are far more serious than taking the chance he may get hurt learning a lesson.

Observe if your stallion has become aggressive towards people. If he is dangerous, professional help may be necessary. You may need to send him to a breeding farm where they can address his actions and then give you advice on how to handle him. Never underestimate a stallion, and never trust a stallion that has shown aggressive behavior towards humans.

Using a stud chain under the chin, over the nose, or across the upper gums is one way to restrain a stallion while handling them during breeding. But be aware that these methods can easily be abused and end up triggering the aggression towards you, the stallion's handler.

Run if you have to! If you ever find yourself being attacked by a stallion, use whatever methods you can to get away, then schedule an appointment to have that horse gelded. There is no excuse for a stallion to attack a human and, if he ever does, he has no business creating more foals like him.


  • Use a professional trainer to teach your stallion some manners.


  • Never ever attempt to handle a stallion that has attacked a human.