I know juniors who show arabian stallions all the time. In fact arabian stallions are fairly common at out Youth/ammy shows.
Really? It's been a long time since I was in the show ring, but I do know that if you're following USEF guidelines, children aren't allowed to show/ride stallions.
I was not aware that children are allowed to do so at youth or amateur shows. The Arabian breed shows I participated in many moons ago did not allow children to ride/show stallions.
Interesting that the Youth/Ammy shows don't seem to follow the USEF rulings. Learn something new every day.
I have been handling stallions since I was a kid, it is not strength, but finesse and knowledge that allow one to handle them safely.
Normally, yes. However, if you have a stallion who's bound and determined to get away from you, all that finesse and knowledge won't do you any good.
I've seen stallions determined to breed a mare in season when both of them had riders. Had the person riding the stallion been a child, there would have been no way to prevent it from happening.
I've also seen stallions being ridden about by young children after a show, and they're good as gold. Still doesn't make me change my mind about letting children handle a stallion at a strange venue.
Sometimes we have to go with what's better for the majority, than what the individuals think they should be allowed to do.