Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I don't know how long you have had him or how old he is, but I hate to say that if you do not know how to react to that behavior, it would be better for you not to have a stallion. I am not meaning to be rude, but I am concerned for you and the horse. How much training experience do you have?
Stallions are narurally more prone to these things, and I you do not know how to react to it immediately, it can create a very powerful and dangerous animal.
If he is not REALLY stallion quality (which I would question based on this behavior and attitude), I would suggest that you consider gelding him - doing so will eliminate his drive for a lot of these typically stallion behaviors. If he really is stallion quality, I would consider A) selling him or B) hiring a trainer for yourself and him.
Delete has the right idea, except that your reaction really depends on the horse and the situation. Some horses are much more sensitive than others, and respond differently to different actions. Some people do what delete suggested. Some people drive the horse immediately forward and work them in circles until they are really breathing and starting to think, "man I don't want to do that again". Some people use the upward/hind action, and push it farther to intimidate the horse into not desireing to do that action again (when they rear, stay at a clear distance and swing the lead, a whip, anything, be big, be loud, and drive them backwards hard, this will in turn, really make them think about doing the action again). The last suggestion CAN NOT be done with some horses, as they will go over backwards. SO, I really feel that you need the advice of someone physically there who has the experience and ability to address this.
Stallions need to be worked as much, if not more than other horses. Stallions require very strict discipline and a strong knowledge base of anyone handling them. Stallions must be held to the highest expectations as far as manners go. Stallions must be stopped from doing any negative or stallion type behaviors toward humans. A stallion handler can never relax when riding or handling the stallion because they must be aware of other horses, other people, and themselves, as the stallion is prone to doing stallion type things (biting, striking, rearing, charging) unpredictably - even the best behaved stallion. Stallions need a job or purpose. Stallions need interaction in some way with other horses.
All of that being said, people who come down TOO hard on stallions, are too strict, or unfair, create a very unhappy horse that may strike out in anger and frustration at any time.
In general, you may be perfectly capable of handling your horse as a stallion. You may be struggling with this one thing and when you fix it, things may be perfect with you and your horse forever. BUT, if any of what I have said rings true, I hope my advice has been helpful in some way.
Good luck :)