Wow Kristy, thank you for such an insightful post!
(and the owner blamed me for the stallion's behavior. Rolling Eyes )
Of course, isn't that convenient for him? :roll: what a jerk...
What I am expecting in handling a stallion can be compared to leading a weanling (alone, no other horses) off the property he was born on for the first time. In that situation, I would be literally, constantly -watching- the horse, looking for reactions, reading body language, and of course, most importantly, making sure I have a way out in case something bad happens. Im sure leading a stallion is the same way. Constantly watching HIM, always 100% alert, as if you were leading him for the first time.
What I noticed in the stallions I've known with bad behavior, is they didnt have a job. Whats worse, is they stayed in their stalls all day, and were used to tease mares. The lady would lead her mares by him to "Make him feel better" Yeah.. right.. that's not cruel ~_~; She rarely turned him out, and when she did he was INSANE. He never escaped his pen but good God would he try to attack you over the pipe corral. Another instance, a paralyzed woman bought an arabian stallion, and in the two years I knew him, he never once got out of his 12 x 24. He eventually went stir crazy and broke his leg and died. Sad, he was a good guy.. just needed a job.
Since I plan on actively riding my horse, keeping him toned, and fulfilling him with a purpose in life, I don't think I will go that route. I don't want him for just breeding, I'd just really like the option to breed him. If I need to geld him, I definitely will.. its not worth ruining his life, im just wondering what im up against.. but I think its kind of dumb to ask, since it seems every stallion is so different.
Thank you again Kristy for taking the time to write all that out. I really, really appreciate it, and that's exactly what I was looking for when I posted this thread, personal encounters and dealings with stallions.