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    08-07-2008, 01:20 PM
Its the fact that stallions have one purpose in breed. That desire/instinct will precede all training if necessary. Stallions require better or specialized fencing and handling. Stallions are at best, unpredictable, at worst dangerous, when there is a mare around in season. Therefore it is often written and with good cause that stallions shouldn't be kept as riding horses. A good stallion makes an excellent gelding! Unless you are part of a breeding program, I too would recommend having your stallion gelded.
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    08-07-2008, 02:37 PM
I know if you're going to board a stallion, most places won't take one because of the risk involved, and the special care/handling/fencing that goes along with that.

If you own a mare, you wouldn't have to worry about her jumping a fence to go mount a horse in another field and have an unwanted foal.

If stallions are trained properly, they will know the difference between work and play time, though that should be how any horse is.
    08-07-2008, 03:47 PM
Ok... I get what a lot of you are saying. But it's still frustrating. I want a stallion. I've found that they tend to be the better and more rewarding horses (mares are my second fave). But I've never met a stallion that was unnecisarily mean, and not one has jumped a fence to try and mount a mare (and we have VERY short fences, and a LOT of mares).
    08-07-2008, 04:22 PM
Unless the stallion has the type of breeding that you want to perpetuate and intend to, there is no reason to be kept a stallion aside from ego.

Yes, some stallions are controllable, but most are not when they decide they want to breed. There is nothing a stallion can do that a gelding can't aside from breeding so why have the grief.
    08-07-2008, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl
its the fact that stallions have one purpose in breed.
- Said the stallion.... teehee...

Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl
A good stallion makes an excellent gelding! Unless you are part of a breeding program
- Said the person!!! LOL...
    08-07-2008, 07:08 PM
Trained of these days.... LOL
    08-07-2008, 09:49 PM
Originally Posted by appylover31803
If you own a mare, you wouldn't have to worry about her jumping a fence to go mount a horse in another field and have an unwanted foal..
Interesting because I have found many a mare that ended up in the stallions pen and she wasn't there to just smooch.
    08-08-2008, 12:27 AM
I firmly believe that stallions should be left to pros. People that can campaign them and take them to the big stuff - that's what you want procreating, not a backyard pet.. unless for some reason he's amazingly well conformed and has a bloodline to match.. but there are SO many nice stallions to choose from, why should there be anything but the best out there?

I am willing to bet that 80% of the stallion owners out there are in it for one thing - their ego. They love to say "well today my stallion" and "well my stallion this, and my stallion that." Yeeea, it's sexy... not. A lot of people try and convince themselves that it's because of a different reason, but more likely than not, it's ego. (Whether they will freely admit that or not is up for debate.)

Stallions DO require more training than your average mare or gelding, it's their nature to do one thing well, and that is BREED - in that, they have to fight for their mares, and make themselves the biggest baddest horse out there to ward other males off. In that testosterone-driven mind, somehow a puny little human is supposed to convince them that breeding is NOT on the menu today, thanks, please follow me calmly so we can go ride.

Stallions require more care. They CAN BE DANGEROUS. Some will stop at nothing to try and get some of that shmexy tail across the way, and Heaven help anyone trying to get in the way. Their very nature is to breed, and they are hormonally driven to do so. They can injure themselves, the mare, or other horses in the process, which is why it will be hard to find a barn that will board a stallion, especially if there's one on the property already. Or children.

NO, they are NOT mean, viscious animals that are blood-thirsty killers, but they DO have instincts and hormones that DO make them different than a mare or gelding.

Ok, rant over.
    08-08-2008, 02:02 AM
I agree 100% with JDI.
There is no reason to just have a stallion.
    08-08-2008, 12:36 PM
Sure... I agree that there's no reason to have a stallion if you're not planning on using him (I see the same way with ALL horses, but that's not for me to say).

But just because a stallion CAN be dangerous, doesn't mean that he WILL be dangerous.

Just like: Just becaues I CAN be dangerous, doesn't mean I WILL be dangerous.

Everything has the potential of being dangerous. Including teddy bears, pillows, scarves, paper, anything. But that doesn't mean that they WILL be dangerous.

Just because a stallion has hormones doesn't mean that he'll always act upon them. Not every unnuetered dog that passes a female in heat will go nuts. Just like not every ungelded stallion that passes a mare in heat will go nuts. And just like not every man that passes a hot girl will go nuts.

You may say that I'm comparing completely different things. I'm not. I'm not saying that a beginner should go out and grab a stallion. I'm not saying that at all. But by saying that people should steer clear of each and every stallion, that's just stupid. How would you like it if someone said to you "steer clear of every boy", just because they have the potential of doing something to you?

Most stallions really aren't the nutty kind. It's a fact. Most stallions are the calmer kind. It's the rare few that truly go nuts over mares in heat, and they're the ones that need the extra training. Other than that, stallions really aren't that different from mares or geldings.

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