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.