I was looking through some of my horse books, and happened upon the "buy a horse" section. And one of the biggest things that stood out to me was: DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER A STALLION. (yup... it was in all caps, and bold too)
My question is: What's the big deal?
Stallions really aren't as bad as most mares I've met. I've met only one stallion that got out of control, and that's because he was a racehorse that was fed a ton of sweetfeed and oats to encourage his energy, and then he was placed in a stall when his career as a racer ended, without any change in his feed, so he got overly hyper and out of control. But even then... if his feed would be changed *glares at owners* he would be a great horse! Even for a beginner rider!
I've ridden a ton of stallions. And I'm not talking about horses who were old. I'm talking about young horses, ages 3-8. And THEY'VE been better, calmer, and nicer then the mares and gelding I've ridden! Sure, they might take a bit more socialization and training then some mares and geldings, but so what? Isn't it worth it?
I rode one horse for about a year, and every time I rode him, I thought he was a gelding. He was about 6 or 7. And I loved him. He was good, he was kind, and he was great. And he didn't even have the absolute best training! And then, a year after I started riding him, I found out he was a stallion. I was shocked. But that was when I began thinking that people blame bad training on the fact that a horse is a stallion. I'm not saying that stallions won't be unpredictable. But then... geldings are mares are the same way. Why is it that one gets shunned, while the others are eagerly accepted?
I have nothing against gelding. By all means. But saying that a horse isn't for you just because he's a stallion is stupid.
If someone can shed a bit more light on this, I'd be grateful. But for now, I must say that every stallion I have ever met was either being too hyper because he was fed too much grain without being exercized, or he was more an angel then his mare and gelding counterparts (except a bit more jumpy, but more likely to learn on).