Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
A horse doesn't have to be aggressive to be dangerous. A horse that steps on you because he didn't understand that he should have respected your space can break a foot just as quickly as a horse that purposefully paws your foot. A horse that kicks out because a horse fly bit him and he didn't know any better can break a leg just as quickly as a horse that was aiming for you.
I, personally, think you are likely over your head with this horse and should either look for a horse that is well broke or find someone who has the knowledge and experience to give you the help that you need.
I know that's an old saying, but in this day and age, a person can (and really should) look a gift horse in the mouth. In my opinion, it isn't a very good gift if you don't know how to handle it or it hurts you. You would be much better off spending $1000 on a good, broke, enjoyable horse now rather than getting a 'gift' horse that you have to spend possibly thousands with a trainer to get the horse to the point where you can handle it, not to mention the instruction for yourself to learn how to properly handle the horse. You also have to consider any medical bills that you may (and probably will) incur during the training process with this horse.
A stud is not something to be trifled with, their attitude can chance from docile and loving to aggressive and dangerous at the drop of a hat, especially if he hasn't been properly handled and trained from the start. He may be nice and sweet now, but how will you handle him when he gets a whiff of the mare in heat down the road? When his hormones are telling him to get to her and fight off everything that gets in his way, including you?
My first suggestion, get him gelded yesterday. My next suggestion, either find yourself a good trainer to work with both you and the horse or trade stallion in for a more suitable horse.
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