Originally Posted by apachiedragon
The short answer? Even though a stallion might be well-behaved enough that a child COULD ride them, their parents should not LET them. It comes down to good parenting. If a stallion decides to blow up, for whatever reason, even if it's never happened before, a child isn't going to have the experience or the strength to stop a potential wreck. And it's the parents' job to know that and be responsible.
I agree with this.
I have a well-trained, well-behaved and good natured stallion. He is as kind a horse as ever lived.
But NOT a gelding.
I would trust this horse more than any other horse I have ever owned.
But at the same time, he always is aware of the mares, and there is always something else potentially going on that he is aware of that I might not be.
I think a stallion must always be treated with respect, always understanding that he IS a stallion, -
Meaning that he needs to be handled with greater awareness, alertness, and attention.
Although I could put a child up on my horse, I never would.