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        06-08-2009, 03:18 PM
    Im sorry I have to disagree, I have handled stallions since I was 9. I ride and look after them on a day to day basis in spain, and in englands the stallion at the yard has better manners than any of the geldings!!! Just because they are stallions in no means makes them dangerous!!
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        06-08-2009, 03:23 PM
    Originally Posted by amy    
    ^^ Thank you Joshie.
    I totally agree that just because your stud is "calm", you never know when a mare in heat will catch his attention. They're not very predictable.
    it is the same with geldings, they may not be interested in it burt will go and haVve a sniff! And in any case you shouldnt be dangling mares around in front of stallions anyways!
        06-12-2009, 10:24 PM
    Green Broke
    I have to agree with the last three posts. And I have known some geldings to be dangerous when around mares, so you know I don't see a problem. I DO see something wrong with children UNDER a horse, but not JUST because its a stallie.
        06-12-2009, 11:02 PM
    When it comes to studs-- no matter what there should be supervision around (i know you said nothing about yourself being unsupervised, but I just had to say it ;))

    But I can remember being when I first started riding and my instructor let me & my cousin ride her foundation AQHA stud after she was done at a clinic

    He was an exceptional horse-- even around mares, which was the only reason why we were allowed to even go near him

    But now being older I realize the dangers that can happen-- even at the local rinky dink horse shows they have around here, no one under 18 is allowed to handle one, let alone ride
        06-12-2009, 11:40 PM
    Yes, you never know what a stud is going to do when a mare comes along in heat. But mares are also intact. What happens if little Sarah is riding Bonnie in a local show and Mr. Fancypants is being groomed close to the areana? Bonnie, a usually calm submissive mare could loose her hat.

    You can be as careful as you like but things do happen. I don't condem or condone children around studs.
        06-12-2009, 11:58 PM
    The sire of one of the horses I had was so calm that his owner could handle him with a twine around his neck...even with an in heat mare in front of him, he wouldn't move an inch unless he was 'invited' to do so; the baby I bought out of him though, as a 2 year old...OMG, turned into a 'beast'...I couldn't wait to geld him! Lol!
        06-13-2009, 03:32 AM
    Green Broke
    I think it's really a mixed bag of opinions. Our Arab stud was so gentle and well behaved, my grandpa would put me in his box stall when I was knee high to a grasshopper. Most people would gasp at this, but that stud was a better babysitter then a nurse mare, I swear. He'd keep his muzzle rested lightly on my head at all times, so if I moved he knew where. I was only tall enough to reach his belly and legs, and he just doted on me. You could ride him through a pasture of mares and he wouldn't even blink. He also passed this amazing temperment on to every single foal he sired. A lot of people got to having a much different attitude about Arabs after working with a few of his offspring, they were so laidback, gentle and honest.

    Do I agree with what my grandpa did? I don't really know. I think studs have a bad rap, and I also think stallions CAN be trustworthy. I think it's good to always remember it's a stud, because they can have their moments, but if you raise a stud from birth and they've proven themselves as trustworthy and docile as your mares/geldings in the 10-20 years you've owned them, I think it can be silly to still treat them like glass (hence the case of our stud).

    So I don't know if I rightly have an opinion on whether it's right or wrong. I mean, if you have two studs standing at a washrack at a summer camp, with what I would assume are obviously quite a few mares milling around, I don't know if a stud can prove himself much more then that. Some just honestly learn the difference between work and play and don't test the boundaries, same as many circumstances for mares/geldings, I think.
        06-15-2009, 11:21 PM
    Kids shouldn't be under horses, but I'm not going to say that kids should be around studs because they are studs. There are mares, geldings, spayed mares, and studs all alike that kids shouldn't have anything to do with. My parents operated a breeding farm for years, and the studs were supossed to be as well behaved as the mares and geldings, and if a breeding prospect didn't calm down and work like a "non-stud" they were cut.

    A friend still tells the story of coming to our house to look at one of our studs to breed a mare to (he didn't know us yet), and for some reason my brother (< 10 - he's now about 30) was home by himself. He proceeded to show the stud to the potential breeder by climbing up on the side of the stall wall holding the halter out to the stud. The stud came up and put his head in the halter (my brother was too small to halter him from the ground), my brother jumped down and took him out in the barn aisle and set him up like a halter stallion and showed him off. We ended up getting the breeding (and multiple more from this guy) based off the the studs personality and ability. He was also the one that the beginner riders rode, because he was the most trustworthy one we had. He taught my generation in my family to ride, and taught our kids how to ride until he had to be put down after having a stroke.

    Our other studs were all nice, but not quite as nice as this one. But hey, they all have different personalities. I know quite a few people that show the horse all year long (including having them in the breeding barn and taking them to a show the next day). But they have it where a certain person hanldes the horse only when it's breeding, and somebody else handles it only when it's being shown, and never do the two cross.

    You have to use each horse, no matter the gender, on an individual basis. But any horse can act up, it's just a risk you take (you just try to minimize them)
        06-19-2009, 07:23 AM
    You have to remember not all stallions are completely phsycho, they are like any other horse. EVERY horse is unpredictible, so does that make them not safe?? It really judt depends on the horse. :)
        08-01-2009, 07:07 AM
    Um to be under a horse- no way. But I had a horse when he was a gelding but saw his stallion vid. He was an all-rounder and was a stud till he was around 20. He wouldn't even so much as twitch around mares, even if they were in heat. Plus he was very calm and nice- well not to a cow who got away from him lol

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