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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I'm sorry rbarlow, but no. Your shetland stallion is a lot different that a full zied 1000+ lb stallion that children may be riding. When a sheltand does something stupid, you fall about one foot to the ground and get off laughing. When it steps on your foot because it doesnt respect you, you say 'ochh!' but it isn't going to sever your foot. When it goes tearing off towards a mare and drags you, you can usually get it under control fairly easily. With a large stallion? It isn't that way. They are DANGEROUS when they get it into their head that they're going to breed another horse or don't want to listen to you. Not that minis and shetlands arent- I've been hurt by a few, but its just not the same.
As for having a kid ride your shetland on a road, with no helmet, bareback for his first ride...well, I'm not going to even go into that. Just because one horse tolerates a lot though, does not mean that others will.
OP- back on subject. Youve been given great advice. I also advise you to just go look for a nice gelding. There are so many to choose from! Stallions are not kids horses, even when being led around. You just can't trust them, even if they appear to be unflappable.
As for gelding him, it can go either way. We gelded a thoroughbred stud (off the track) as a four year old, and he was already so studdy that we just couldn't do much with him- even years after being gelded. He trumpeted to the mares, tried to mount just about everything, and worked himself into a tizzy during breeding season. Opposite of that, we also had a 10 year old foundation QH stallion. He showed well on the circuit, was bred for two seasons, then we gelded him. 8 months after being casterated we could turn him out in a mixed group of mares and geldings without him so much as batting an eyelash. Kids show him now. He was ALWAYS the lead horse though in groups, and is very bossy even as a 15 year old- most likely due to his late casteration.
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