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        12-08-2010, 07:52 PM
      #31
    Yearling
    I absolutely HATE when people say that stallions are evil or crazy or psycotic{sp?}. That is so so so untrue! They are more aggressive and dangerous because that is the way they are. Stallions are able to have babies and therefore are more aggressive. I'm not sure if its because they have more testosterone or what but that is why they are aggressive. And like any other horse with the right training they can be just as calm undersaddle as the next horse.
         
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        12-08-2010, 08:30 PM
      #32
    Green Broke
    Stallions have more testosterone, this can if left unchecked make them more agressive when around mares.

    However if the stallion is taught manners then this should NEVER be a problem. I've seen stallions shown in with mares and geldings and shown by 14 yearold kids (the youngest that is allowed under rules here) I've seen stallions handled at home by 8 yearolds! However said stallions were well mannered and respectful and had been bred to be nice natured.
    I know of one 12.2hh riding pony stallion who gives cuddles, demands them infact by putting his head over your shoulder and resting it there untill you hug him. He also sticks his toungue out for kisses and you can grab his toungue and hang on, he doesnt mind. His foals are always stunning to look at and very placid in thier nature.
         
        12-09-2010, 11:10 PM
      #33
    Foal
    I think with any horse, doesnt matter what gender, it all depends on what training has been with the horse.

    At work we had a 4yo Throughbred come in for his first prep for a racing career.
    He had only been broken in for a few months, and only been ridden for about 3 weeks when he came to us.
    He was the most quiet horse we had to handle, the only thing that was wrong was the owner had let him serve a mare about a year ago. =/
    So at the track in the morning eveytime he saw a grey (he has a thing for greys) dosent matter if it was a gelding, mare or whatever he would start screaming and get a little bit 'aroused' lol

    Apart from that he was the most senisble horse we had in work and he was a really good ride as well. =]]
         
        12-10-2010, 10:47 PM
      #34
    Started
    I loved riding my Peruvian stallion (other than the horrible gait), he always behaved and was actually easier to ride than my mare..lol.
         
        12-12-2010, 12:18 AM
      #35
    Yearling
    I have rode a number of stallions ranging from 2-14 years of age.The only problem I have had was when my coach was riding a stallion and a boarder brought a mare in (his dam) and he attempted to mount her, he was snipped after that. All others I have ridden have been well behaved.
         
        12-12-2010, 12:22 AM
      #36
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by ponyboy    
    I thought that geldings don't have as much heart as stallions (or even mares)?
    I beg to differ. The vet cut off his testicles not his brain. My gelding in particular has heart it is not the gender but the horse itself.
         
        12-12-2010, 09:41 PM
      #37
    Foal
    A stallion is just another horse, if you treat him any differently you can run into trouble. I was riding a stallion last year, he was the sweetest, gentlest horse ever, nobody even knew he was a stud for about the first month until I started telling ppl. The only difference when riding him was he had more "life" in him and could go a lot longer then any other horse i'd ever ridden and he was way more powerful which I loved feeling the power under me that he produced but when my trainer got on him he was a totally different horse. My trainer treated him different and was harder on him and created an uptight, tense and sometimes dangerous horse. Same thing with the other stud that came at the same time as mine. Very sweet horse... quite studdy around mares at time though when not under saddle, but in general was a good horse, not aggressive only difference is when under saddle, lots of life and energy but still well behaved...once again, when my trainer would work with him (especially on the ground) he would treat him different becasue he was a stud and when he did the stud would start to get quite aggressive. I love the stamina stallions have and I love the powerful drive they can have. I love riding stallions but ya, I would say treat them the way you would treat any other horse ( obviously with some there are times you should be a bit more cautious, but that doesn't mean you need to treat them any different)
         
        12-15-2010, 09:16 AM
      #38
    Foal
    I ride my stallion and he is great, very smooth ride and well mannered. I can ride him with in season mares and he is fine. He is also a very mellow boy on the ground, couldn't ask for a friendlier horse. However, I am gelding him after Christmas because I don't need or really want a stallion, I have a 5 year old mare and a young filly too and although he is APHA registered he's not breeding quality in my opinion. Sorry, have to post pics of my boy.....

         
        12-15-2010, 09:37 AM
      #39
    Weanling
    I think they have "quirks" like everyone else.

    Ours talks a lot. When he first arrives somewhere, he has to chat up the thin air and make sure everyone heard him. In the roping pen he jigs. Once we commence to work.. he's all about it.

    But overall, it's a matter of being aware of everyone ELSE. It's like defensive driving. Being sure you keep other people aware that it's not a good idea to run your mare into us, let your kids run up and slap us one etc.. Which is pretty much the same kind of defensive driving for any horse.
         

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