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  • Why are stAllions so hard to train

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    12-04-2010, 12:27 AM
As stated, a horse is only as good as his training. I have hopped on stallions who will dutifully go around the arena and through the fields in, around and yes even behind mares. Heck I even ended up taking care of an 18hh young stud at a horse show because the owner had too many horses to take care of. The thing followed all 5'3" of me around like a puppy dog on walks.
I figure, if the stud is so hard to train you can't show it for fear of it misbehaving - why is it a stallion and who the heck is breeding to it?!?
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    12-04-2010, 08:05 AM
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
I figure, if the stud is so hard to train you can't show it for fear of it misbehaving - why is it a stallion and who the heck is breeding to it?!?
I agree with this 110%
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    12-04-2010, 09:58 AM
Depends on the stallion. Some are really nice some aren't. Usually they aren't that much different from gelding and mare although they tend to be more aggressive especially if mares are in heat. Again it depends on the stallions personality. I have 2 stallions but have ridden a few others. The range of how they act is pretty different. My older one has no problem behaving even if a mare is in heat. The other one will need to be held back 24/7. :P
    12-04-2010, 03:00 PM
This is like asking, "what are mares/geldings like to ride?" I agree with a lot of people who have already posted something to the effect of: It depends on their personality and training. The big difference is to be extra careful if you're in an area where mares may be in heat.

I used to ride a 3yo stallion and he was gentler and better behaved than most geldings/mares I've ridden to this day. It all depends. I very much agree with anebel that if a stallion is completely out of control, who wants to breed to him?
    12-04-2010, 07:48 PM
Ive ridden a few stallions of different breeds and they are no different than mares or geldings, it all depends on the training. I know a stud that is so well trained you can put a mares butt in his face and he wont move unless you let him. Kids ride him
    12-04-2010, 08:05 PM
Originally Posted by Caitlinpalomino    
i have always heard that stallions have bad tempers and aren't very good to ride but what does everyone else think???
Enormously untrue. If a horse is trained properly, it doesn't matter its gender. I've ridden two stallions: my 7 m/o colts sire and a Friesian named Noah. They both were excetional and fabulous to ride.
    12-05-2010, 03:00 PM
I agree that is just stero typing not allllll stallions are bad...as stated it depends on the horse and the training you put into him
    12-05-2010, 09:09 PM
I feel like the issue is not so much that ALL stallions are bad, its just that a bad stallion is a really bad stallion. (Compared to an equally bad mare or gelding.)
    12-05-2010, 09:48 PM
Green Broke
Horses, like people, are different. Breeding, handling, training, personality all go into their makeup.

The only stud I have ever rode was an 8 year old jet black King bred Quarter Horse that belonged to a former boss. This horse was a doll. I handled him by myself and rode him all the time in an arena. He had a seriously choppy gait that I have never forgot - but I didn't forget his sweet behavior either.

There are 3 studs at the barn where I stable my horses - oh...and Sarge, our 8 year old QH gelding is THE biggest showoff I have ever seen...anyhoooo...the 3 Arabian studs are very different. Sadda is about 16 years old, was an EXTREMELY successful show horse and has a nasty temper - will charge the fence turn and kick, screams at other horses, etc. If you fuss at him he stops until you turn your back! The other horse Amir is around 30 - and in his day was one of the top Arabian show horses in the states. He is so sweet and gentle he was used as a schooling horse for children. My gelding Red was stabled next to him and they were best friends over the fence. Amir is just an old sweetie. A third belongs to another boarder - Masterpiece - he is about 8 I believe and simply gorgeous - former show horse but is gentle and sweet even when geldings/mares are passing by. What a doll

Each horse is different. Studs can be a little tougher to handle - they need a firm hand at times but some are just total dolls. I have also seen studs that are vicious and you wonder why they are still walking around!!
    12-08-2010, 05:36 PM
I've never ridden a stallion but I did hear about one at a riding school near me, he'd been used for years and been brilliant but one day he was out with a mare and he just went a bit doo lally he tried to mount the mare in front of him and accidentally injured the girl riding him (novice rider so she fell off, although I probably would just of shock haha) and injured the girl on the mare aswell. I know not all stallions are like this :) I'm just saying about the only stallion related story I've heard haha. Strange though that he'd been used for years with mares and then just one day.. but I guess that's all it takes :)

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