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    07-02-2011, 06:33 PM
Lessons on Stallions?

So my main riding instructor is going away for a few months. I'm thinking about using the opportunity to take some lessons on a schoolmaster, so that I can really focus on my own body, without worrying so much about what my boy is doing.
One of the places I found uses their stallions for lessons. Would you consider it? Do you think this would be a good or bad thing? Or indifferent?

As for me, I'm a beginner in Dressage, but I've been riding about 27 years, and have owned my own horses about 20 years. But stallions still intimidate me
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    07-02-2011, 07:42 PM
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I don't know why people tag stallions as "bad", when some of them can be as well or better behaved then a mare or gelding.

If they are in a lesson program, they would most likely be well behaved animals. If you aren't sure, ask if you can watch a lesson that they are being used in, so you can see, in person, how they are.

I could really care less if it was a mare, a stallion or a gelding. What matters is that its a well behaved horse.
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    07-02-2011, 08:00 PM
Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
I don't know why people tag stallions as "bad", when some of them can be as well or better behaved then a mare or gelding.
I don't tag them as "bad" - I'm just intimidated by them. Mostly due to my lack of exposure to them.
I've only really known one, and as much of a sweetheart as he was, I know his owner was still VERY cautious about who handled him.

Thanks for the thoughts. I might go ahead and give her a call to schedule a time to watch a lesson.
    07-02-2011, 08:08 PM
I think it would be a good experience. If you are riding in the context of a lesson then you will have a trainer their to guide you, so you should be fine. Go for it.
    07-02-2011, 08:29 PM
It's not the stallion you have to worry about, it's the crabby mares that attack the poor guy while you are riding one.
    07-02-2011, 08:33 PM
Ride a stallion over a mare any day.....mares have 'those' days...LOL
    07-02-2011, 08:33 PM
I use my oldest stallion to give lessons. Most of my students pick him over the mares. He's also one of my 6 year old daughter's daily drivers :)

If they are well trained & well mannered there isn't a reason not to. Go for it!
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    07-02-2011, 08:34 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
It's not stallion you have to worry about, it's the crabby mares that attack the poor guy while you are riding one.
i can't say anything beside that Waresbear is TOTALLY 100% right!!
    07-02-2011, 08:39 PM
I used to own a TB stallion, could walk him around mares in season and he was an absolute gentleman.................course some of the mares were hussies..LOL
    07-02-2011, 10:54 PM
I used to ride my trainers Paso Fino just on the flat. He was a stud, and I hadn't even known until she mentioned breeding him that summer. He was a total HAM!!!

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