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post #41 of 51 Old 11-08-2012, 09:07 PM
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Sure you can stand on any horse ;) the only question is how good your balance is and how long you'll be standing. LOL

He's cute. He has his ears back in all of the pictures, though that may not mean anything, but what worries me is that he is in a Mechanical Hackamore. Is he even bit trained? Mechanical Hacks are very, very, very strong bridles to use on a horse and might be either a sign that he isnt fully trained, he isnt good with bits and throws a fit, or he's very 'strong' when being ridden. its also incorrectly fitted.

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post #42 of 51 Old 11-08-2012, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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here is a vid of him being ridden in a snaffle bit:

Not sure if he was even orig. ridden in a mech. hack, or if she was just tryin' it?
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I think she has his rope halter on upsidedown? xD or else its WAY too small.

He doesn't seem well trained to me but it may be mostly rider error...she's not exactly showcasing his ability. So I guess it just depends on you. Are you willing to put the time, effort, and money into gelding and retraining him as well as training him out of possible bad habits with the chance that he's turn out to be not so great?

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I would avoid him. He is really not well trained at all, he is slow (VERY SLOW) off the leg - she is having to hassle him to get him forward at all, and he is constantly coming back to a slower gait without being asked. There is also something I don't like about his back end - his stride just doesn't seem right, I want to say he is putting his feet down too wide but I am not sure what it is.

In this economy, there are dozens of horse that are better trained than this one, with just as much colour, and already gelded. I would not waste money on him.

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I would avoid him. He is really not well trained at all, he is slow (VERY SLOW) off the leg - she is having to hassle him to get him forward at all, and he is constantly coming back to a slower gait without being asked. There is also something I don't like about his back end - his stride just doesn't seem right, I want to say he is putting his feet down too wide but I am not sure what it is.

In this economy, there are dozens of horse that are better trained than this one, with just as much colour, and already gelded. I would not waste money on him.
I see it too. At the walk, it almost looks like a limp in one of the hind legs, or one leg a little stiff or something. Not seeing it at the trot.
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Pretty horse but his hind end looks strange to me too.

Why don't they show you how he acts around mares? I'm willing to bet those are 2 geldings he's used to being around.

I know tons of studs that are chill with their pasture buddies. But get ******ed with mares around.
One of the studs here is amazing with the colts and other geldings but gets a bit high strung and talkative around the girls.
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I'll echo what most have all ready said,stallions are not kid/family riding horses.Someone with experience in handling a stallion's mentality should do fine.Just because they are quiet & act like gelding most of time ,doesn't mean they will always.I loved working with my stallions when we had them,but no matter how good they can be, you still have to be mindful of their potential behavior at all times.

Now I still cringe at a girl I knew of, only through friend.Never met her,but she treated her stallion ,basically thinks of him like a gelding{actually should be one but that's another can of worms}. She has kids riding double & triple on him,has used him as kid lesson horse. Posts pics of them too,kids no proper riding gear on like boots or helmets,riding on trails through water etc.obviously doesn't consider what could happen!!
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I just wanted to throw out there my opinion real quick. Everyone seems to be under the impression that quiet and well-mannered stallions are few and far between, when in fact, in my experience, that is not generally the case. Most studs I have met have acted very much like geldings. I'm not saying they're just as safe, stallions are much more complicated than geldings, but with correct handling and training most stallions have the potential to be reasonably safe, sane horses. So please, enough with the acting like stallions are demons straight out of hell.

On the other hand, OP, regardless of how well mannered this stallion is, if you don't plan on breeding him, I would have him gelded because, as I stated, stallions are much more complicated than geldings and do require special handling regardless of how well mannered they are. I have heard that with current medical technology, late gelding is mostly safe unless the horse has other medical conditions that could cause issue. So just talk to your vet about it, if he acts like a gelding now, then chances are he will remain just a sweet after gelding, and you will no longer have to worry about the problems that come along with owning a stallion. I wouldn't let the fact that he needs to be gelded sway you if you really think he is the right horse for you. Good luck with your decision!

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Not many on this thread are acting as if stallions are straight out of hell, but OP wants to know if a stallion will be a family / kid-friendly horse and IMO they aren't. I've only worked with a few stallions, one of whom was a very good-natured, sweet, well-behaved animal BUT he was far more reactive than any gelding I've met. Not on a regular basis, but if something happened to get his attention he reacted in seconds, violently and without regard for what or who was in his way. That is not something a child should be around, because without the reflexes, horse sense or bigger bodies capable of handling a kick or a bite it just isn't safe.
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I apologize, you're correct, it was only a few people acting like that. I mostly just skimmed the posts, so I apologize. I absolutely agree with you, which is why I suggested her gelding him if she decides to purchase. I just wanted to clear up the fact that stallions can (generally) be just as calm as geldings with proper training and handling. That being said, I would never recommend a stallion as a family horse, however, I don't see any problem with a late gelding as a family horse if he was calm in the first place.

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