Originally Posted by koweta
This colt is the first baby we have had around. I personaly want to geld him because of the fact that we had no clue on how to work with any foal especialy a colt.
Also lately he has been trying to 'play' with me as I am trying to work with him. Playing im mean rearing up beside me and trying to bite and run around me. But he seems to only do that once I strart to make him actualy think. Other than him playing with me like im another horse he is realy calm. When im not working with him he dosnt even atempt to bite me or anybody. Any sugestions?
How old is he now? Young horses are very mouthy, and stallions are even more mouthy. You should not tolerate any amount of this. Height wise from what you say, I would guess you will have a stallion around 16HH. The last thing you want is a gigantic stallion who thinks it is okay to bully you by biting, rearing, etc.
Stallions also tend to rear, strike, and kick - especially when young and testing the waters. You can nip that in the bud, but you have to really know just what to do and do it at the exactly correct time.
Discipline for stopping those behaviors is hard to explain without knowing exactly how, when, and what circumstance surround them, SO I would recommend hiring a reputable and experienced trainer to work with you and him on a regular basis or send him somewhere well recommended for his initial training.
One thing that I will warn against is being too harsh or too soft with him. This is what I think goes wrong with many stallions. People think "stallion" and get really hard and rough on their discipline making a resentful and angry stallion- dangerous. Others think behaviors are cute until one day they realize their full grown stallion is dominating them and very dangerously pushing them about. I have always treated my stallion like a gelding who I expect the highest level of behavior from. I do not let him get away with the little things, but I am not overly harsh to him when he messes up. You do need to always remember that he is a stallion though, and keep others safety in mind when handling him at all times - you can never really drop your guard.
Remember that there is more into keeping a horse a stud than bloodlines. How is his overall balance? Is he eye catching? Sound? Healthy? How is his movement? How is his temperament? His trainability? When you start showing him, how does he perform? If you post a picture of him in the critiques section, there are some people on here with a really good eye for conformation that might be able to give you an honest critique of him as a stallion prospect.
Remember you can always geld at the first sign of trouble :) I threatened my stallion in his younger days with it..."if you don't keep your nose in line you will be a gelding" :) Now I have a stallion that most think is a gelding.