All depends on the Stallion, but essentialy they arethe same as geldings you just have to be a bit more aware of what people around you are doing. Over here it is not unusual for 14 yearold kids to ride small breed M&M stallions at shows.
Originally Posted by kitten_Val
It's not so much about "heart", it's about how they "present" themselves (at least that's my understanding of the statement). Mares and stallions really like to "show off" (not saying all, but definitely many), while I've never seen a real "show off" in geldings.
You obviously havnt been looking very hard. Take one look at the UK show ring! The Only classes where stallions are allowed in showing is in the M&M's and the coloured classes. All other classes are geldings and mares only and usualy geldings are winning!
You can get true sparkle from a gelding! When Riding stan who was a gelding (and it was a **** shame that he was cut) we regularly beat stallions. My dad calls showing a "shiney pony contest" but it is all about ring presence and making your perfectly put together, perfectly mannered pony stand out from all the rest of the perfectly mannered, perfectly put together ponies.
Stan used to play to a crowd, the bigger the crowd the better he went! He had the Xfactor, that bit of sparkle that made him stand out from a crowd. 3 days before he died stan won a large M&M class, there was 15 Very good quality, well mannered ponies in the class (mares geldings and stallions), stan was double the age of other the oldest pony, stan had just come back from injury, he was significantly smaller as well (size does matter as it fills the judges eye more). Stan just pootled along perfectly as stan was want to do and obviously he sparkled enough to get the judges attention and keep it!