Goodness is this a mess. My cousin owns a three year old quarter horse stallion. He was given as a two for one 'deal' to my cousin, who was buying his first horse and thought a cute little yearling would be fun. He didn't get a PPE before buying. Anyways, eventually the horse was sent to where I board my horse and was broken and trained. I handled him a few times, just leading him from stall to stall, lunging him every now and then, and he didn't behave horribly. He tried to push your boundaries but I stopped any unwanted behavior. He even behaved rather nicely in the round pen during free lunging. He honestly just behaved like a young stud, and I didn't blame him, though I never lowered my standards for him.
About two weeks ago he was sent back to my cousin per his request, and it has all disintegrated from there. I got a call yesterday asking if I could stop by and look at the horse. It turns out he started charging my cousin whenever he lunged him. I told him charging is extremely unacceptable and it has to be stopped NOW, or someone is going to get hurt. I lunged the horse myself and noticed he would slowly start to get closer and closer every time I asked him to turn , and I stopped the behavior. My cousin has the stud's open door stall within the electric fencing of his field, and lets the horse follow him around and be in his personal space while he is working, which translates to the horse all over everyone. The horse has also taken up lipping and trying to nip you whenever he can He doesn't understand that you have to be strict with studs, and that they can hurt you. Or, he's trying to, and the learning curve is so steep for a first time hors owner to own a stud that isn't perfectly behaved.
In April the stud is being sent to breed a few mares, (not something I agree with, but not my horse), and at the end of the month he will return and be gelded and my gelding will be put to pasture with him. He is currently pastured alone, but not two acres away a man keeps his mares upwind. My question is, is there any hope for my cousin after this? He refuses to sell this horse, but is still learning the basics of horsemanship. I'm hoping to help him in any way I can. I can control the horse, but I can't be there everyday to help him. Will it become easier to control the stud after he is gelded, or will the results vary? Does anyone have any advice for the situation?