Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
A stallion, just like any other horse, is only as good as his training. If he is taught from day 1 to be respectful and obedient, then that's what he'll be. I've known lots of folks that you would have thought were riding geldings, even around mares in heat.
On the other hand, when a stallion receives bad training, they are a holy terror. My Dad rode a horse years ago that was a stud. Beautiful thing with amazing color and conformation. He had been sent to a different 'halter' trainer as a yearling and had been horribly spoiled. Because that guy was a mushy touchy feely type trainer, Quest never got any correction on his bad behavior. He learned that being aggressive and obstinate would get the people to go away and leave him alone. He ended up being an incredibly dangerous horse that very few people could successfully handle. He finally learned to respect my Dad after frequent sessions that bordered on downright cruelty. However, he would still lunge the bars of the stall whenever a person or another horse went by, and when he got tired or mad, he would kick, paw, bite, charge and there was nothing you could do to stop him. He was out for blood. Shortly after my Dad stopped training for the owners, Quest got a groom down in his stall and dang near killed him. Amazingly enough, less than 3 months later, Quest was dead at 4 years old. The owners claimed blister beetles but my Dad highly suspects a couple of ping-pong balls in the nostrils for the insurance money.
Anyway, sorry, that was kind of off topic LOL.
Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/