Originally Posted by MsLady
Ever since I was little (a long, long, long time ago) I was taught to leave studs alone and never go around them. .........
There were many horse breeders around here and they allowed their studs to be unruly. I'm glad to see this next generation is not allowing that and realizes that is not a good quality.
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Unfortunately, your life lessons were the norm, and in many cases, unruly stallions still ARE the norm, breed doesn't matter.
That old stallion that picked the woman up by her arm? Would not have lived another 4 years in my pasture, he'd have died there that day.
I expect my stallion to BE a gelding, unless I have his leather halter and long stud chain on him. That's his cue that it's breeding time. Even THEN, he's allowed to nicker and bellow but he better mind his ground manners all the way up to the mare. When it's not breeding time, hollering and screaming the way some stallions do will get him disciplined VERY sharply. He knows very well what, "NO TALKING" means and will drop his head back down quickly when I tell him that. If he ever acts the complete fool, he'll be gelded the next day.
All that said, I'd still not put a 7 year old kid on him, not even if the kid was wrapped in bubble wrap and had the best helmet ever on his head. Not to mention, I wouldn't even think of it when he was just broke.
For all he's well behaved and lives under sterner rules than the rest of the herd, he's still a stallion and you just can't forget that. Or if you do, you can be pretty sure that's the day he'll forget himself and you'll get hurt.