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    11-15-2008, 02:19 AM
  #21
Foal
Dear LadyDamer, Thank you for your question,
'Here' is the south of Tunisia.
They will laugh at me very hard! It is their culture, their tradition, their habit for thousands of years, it is prestige.
Anyway I am new to their (menworld) area (1,5 year) as well, I am learning everytime and when I am 'there', I like to visit a breedingfarm, I want to learn more about the 'why' and 'how' and 'if'. (I need to practise the frenchwords ).

I did experienced riding stallions is challenging work -some of them have a power- and never, never let a new stallion alone with other stallions -not to mention mares, without at least a hand in reach to inmediately grap the rein. Now this hard work is becoming my habit, no careless actions, always the horse in my mind.

On our rides the mares are not allowed! I experience an upsidedown world so now and then.
Thank you all for writing down experiences, it helps me finding my way and firm ground for discussion.
     
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    11-15-2008, 03:19 AM
  #22
Weanling
Stallions should only be stallions if they are exceptional animals that are to be bred. I mean EXCEPTIONAL, I want everyone that comes into your barn to look at him and say "wow, I want my mare bred with him!" because he is the best horse they ever seen.

My mini stallion is now a 5 year old and most would never think he is a stallion. He was raised with a mare that was the same age as him and is still living in the same pasture with her. It teaches a stallion manners to be able to be turned out with other horses, as was said before it is their nature. This way they know what to far is, the mares will beat the crap out of them for getting to rowdy, they learn their place quick when they are young. This has to be done while they are very young though or it never works and they breed everything they see or become dangerous and unhandlable. I have recently purchased a 14 month old stud colt, and I got some news for him in february...snip,snip. He is not what I want in a stallion and I doubt very few people would breed to him due to the fact he is a larger miniature. He will make an excellent gelding and came out of excellent bloodlines.

Just remember, you can never turn your back on a stallion (any horse really). They can go from big baby to psycho in a moment. When I worked at a saddlebred farm I was attacked by a two year old stud colt they were "thinking" of gelding. I did the usual of going into his stall to halter him and take him to the pasture and never once had a problem with this horse, he lunged at me several times and pushed me away from the stall door so I could not get out. I was running like mad to stay away from that horse. Luckily I could stay away and the barn trainer heard me screaming and he ran and opened the door, but he still reared and nailed me in the right shoulder and gave me a seperated shoulder before I could out. Talk about scared...get attacked by a stallion and then tell me scared. I would have gelded him the instant I got him because he was swaybacked from birth! Needless to say he was gelded the following day, mainly because I flat out said, geld him this week or I am gone( I know they did not want to lose me because I was the only other person other than the trainer who could be trusted and left alone with these horses). New rule to myself after that incident though, the door is always left open far enough for me to escape if this ever happens again.

I have dealt with to many psycho stallions to know better if he ain't drop dead gorgeous, it is a trip to the vets office for you. Just remember with a gelding, you do not have to worry where the mares are because your GELDING will not care...it is truly a great feeling to know you do not have to anticipate every little step that stallion is going to take.

Do the world a favor...GELD A HORSE!!!
     
    11-15-2008, 03:36 AM
  #23
Weanling
Sorry for a double post but it will not let me edit my last one. Just a little more...
Stallions cause to many management issues for anyone who does not live and breath to breed him to mares to better the breed. Truly, a pain in the butt to deal with having to keep them seperated all the time. I have yet to ever see another stallion, draft to mini, who can be turned out with a mare and not have a single problem, not trying to breed her every waking second of the day and not trying to kill everyone they see. These are exceptional and rare animals to find but should still only be handled by very experienced horse owners, not the people who go out and buy a stallion just because they want to say "I ride a stallion!" I do not see their stallion on the monthly trail rides, I do not see them bringing the horse to parades, because they know they can not handle him when he is around mares or other things to get him excited. Well, I could go on some more, but I think everyone understands my point. Before I write a book.
     
    11-15-2008, 04:10 AM
  #24
Green Broke
Unless the stallion is correct in conformation and attitude, great mind
And good bloodlines, other wise geld him. Bad stallions pass on bad genetics.

Some of what I have read in the posts before me are in my opinion
Good advice, some are exaggerated.

But one thing you always have to do is respect these 1000 pound
Packages of testostrone and have to set ground rules as to who is
Actually the alpha male. Like when under saddle with bridle it is
Work only, when in a special halter now it is fun time.

Also alot of shows will not permit a stallion to be shown in the ring with mares and gelding.

Also the stallion should have a Yellow ribbon on the tail , just so
Others showing or who have horses around know that this horse is a stallion. Just like a red ribbon for horses that kick if other horses get to close to their back end.
     

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