08-07-2008, 11:27 PM
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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.