How managable are stallions really?
We have a young colt here, Beautiful black boy really stunning. We have two mares here we want to breed sometime, not just yet but in another couple of years we'll be looking. I'm sure the offspring with him would be really something else.
Our intentions from word go have been to see how his temperament goes ... if he shows any signs of being too difficult, just geld, a pity but that's that.
If on the other hand he doesn't, to keep him entire until we'd bred our two other mares to him, then geld simply in the interests of being able to safely ride him in company.
He's six months old now, to date he is really lovely and easy to manage, OK he has his moments of course, he can be a little prat, but I mean come on he's young, they're all a bit that way. Compared to other colts the same age he's really mild.
We're waiting to see how he goes once he hits about 1 and the hormones kick in, but so far his only fault is he'd like to nip when having his feet trimmed ... his mum was the same when she was young, and he's learning better fast.
But we've been told again and again that stallions aren't safe, that they're born vicious and it don't matter how mild and respectful they appear, they're out to get you.
We've never had a stallion of our own before, although we know someone who does, but we were under the impression that yes, you have to be careful, that they could turn very dangerous in contact with other horses, particularly stallions or mares in heat. That some can be quite toey by nature. That you have to train them to be respectful from a young age, as they like to think they own the place.
But that if he was a placid boy, away from obvious excitement he'd be handlable and ridable ... after all people always used to, many people still do, no problem.?
Any experienced people out there in this field, that can define just what the real story is with handling stallions?
Also what are the chances of issues with gelding late? I know of many horses who were gelded quite late in life after breeding, and are just like any other gelding, but I know there is a chance of some continued male behavior, has anyone encountered this?