^ By no means did I imply that I would ever do that to your horse, JustAwesome and I am sorry that you took it that way. I did not mean it in that way at all. As you have mentioned earlier, you've already put in a good foundation on your colt and I'm sure any horseperson could lead him with just a halter and rope without needing to do any type of correction because of his solid training. (I wish more people would do that with their horses, whether it is a stallion, mare, or gelding!)
But if I do barge into your space and try to rear up/kill you, please feel free to hit me in the head as I'll have probably gone mad!
(Just joking around. I know that text can be so hard to interpret correctly.)
I so handle at least 3 stallions daily. I know that is not much compared to many others here, but I am just explaining what has worked for them and what I have learned working with them. They have various training, one is a Grand Prix stallion, one is green broke, and the other is schooling 1st Level and is qualifyed for regionals with me. When I first started working with the two younger ones, they were only just halter broke.
I know that this is a very narrow view of handling stallions as a whole, but I do hope that by sharing my opinion with the OP along with other members here will give her a good feel of how to be appropriate and safe when dealing with a slightly unruly young stallion.
Oh and just to clarify, once the stallion is respectful of you, you'll no longer need to carry the crop with you. It's an aid that can be weaned off. ;) Which is nice since it can be annoying to have to carry it all the time. Or that just might be me since I'd forget to grab it half the time.