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        11-05-2010, 07:50 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Appyfreak    
    A well behaved/trained stallion is no different than any other horse showing. I have seen many mares act worse. Backing up, peeing, ect.

    If a stud is NOT behaved, it needs more training, or its balls hacked off if that's just the horses disposition.
    I agree with the comment re mares. I went on a large trek many years ago and there were two in season mares who took an instant dislike to each other. They squealed and pee'd like crazy and then when the group got to a gate these two mares got too close to each other and ended up having a double barrel fest like you wouldn't believe! They backed up to each other and tried to double barrel each other for about ten minutes, the riders were completely ineffectual and were able to do nothing about it. Hilarious really. On the other hand my friend has a quarter horse stallion he uses for everything, Pepe is as quite as a mouse no matter what the situation.
         
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        11-05-2010, 09:00 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I show all my stallions. They are no different then any other horse. They are well trained as and horse should be. Stallions are very common in the shows I show in. It is nothing for my trainer to haul 7 horses and 2-3 of them are stallions maybe one gelding and the rest are mares. No problems at all.
         
        11-05-2010, 09:37 PM
      #13
    Foal
    If it's a open show then by all means it's fine with me.. But if it's 4-H or there is going to be alot of kids around I don't feel comfortable with it, I own a stud.. But one day My friend was holding a fun Speed show, It had adult classes.. but it was mostly for the young riders. Im 17, and there are very young kids riding there also.. and someone brought a Stallion there.. I didn't even know he was a stud until this.. I was just walking to my trailer on my gelding.. I wasn't even any where close to him.. The guy who had him was talking to someone while he was holding onto him, The horse out of know where ripped right out of his hand and lunged at my gelding teeth showing then decided he was going to start kicking him.. Nobody got hurt my gelding was okay, really upset but okay. I hadn't even realized he was a stallion till that happened. Im perfectly fine with Stallions at shows.. but if it's more of a kids event then Im kinda iffy on the subject.
         
        11-05-2010, 10:22 PM
      #14
    Super Moderator
    I have shown many a stallion, and quite prefer them. However, you must have a really good "radar" when riding in company. My disciplines (event/dressage/jump) have me riding alone when under the judge. The warmup rings sure can be a challenge though. While I have good radar, many people are oblivious and will cut right in front of you. Poor stallion.....
         
        11-05-2010, 10:44 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JumperDak15    
    I personally don't think I'll have a problem with my boy; but you never know.
    You should know before you ever take the horse to a show if you can control him around a lot of other horses. The chances are if he has ever bred a mare that he will try to go nuts the first time he gets a sniff of one. You need to expose him to the situation before you expect him to perform. You will have to be way more aggressive and "mean" with a stallion than you are probably used to.
         
        11-06-2010, 02:40 AM
      #16
    Foal
    He's never bred a mare. He's 2 yrs old. He's handled everyday, he has been around mares & doesn't seem to be interested. He's more interested in being petted and being your BFF than anything. He's not a handful at all. I don't plan on keeping him a stud for long though, til next year & that's probably it, unless I decide other wise. He's come to lessons & small local shows with me. He has only spooked once but that was my cat's fault (jumping out of a tree)
         
        11-06-2010, 03:54 AM
      #17
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JumperDak15    
    He's never bred a mare. He's 2 yrs old. He's handled everyday, he has been around mares & doesn't seem to be interested. He's more interested in being petted and being your BFF than anything. He's not a handful at all. I don't plan on keeping him a stud for long though, til next year & that's probably it, unless I decide other wise. He's come to lessons & small local shows with me. He has only spooked once but that was my cat's fault (jumping out of a tree)
    Why is he still a stallion if you are already planning to geld?
    Just a side note... 2 is still a baby. My stallion didn't really know it til he was more like 4. So don't count on his personality now... He could be a totally different horse next year.
         
        11-06-2010, 05:13 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Appyfreak    
    A well behaved/trained stallion is no different than any other horse showing. I have seen many mares act worse. Backing up, peeing, ect.

    If a stud is NOT behaved, it needs more training, or its balls hacked off if that's just the horses disposition.
    Agreed!! I have seen way more crazy misbehaved mares that are way too frisky and agressive in the arena, actually to think of it I havent seen an 'out of control' stud yet! I show my stud and a good majority of the mares scare him by being too agressive! He's two and still chews and drops to his knees and sometimes right down when he's really submissive.. Now that's embarrassing!! Having a 'manly stud' drop because the girls are scary LOL But I imagine that will all change in the next year or 2..
         
        11-06-2010, 11:13 AM
      #19
    Banned
    Never had a problem. My boy breeds live and still goes to shows.

    I find the biggest problem is not with my stud and his handling but everyone else and their handling.

    So many people are so careless with their horse and how they handle them that I told my rider to ride my guy as if you are on the road and are in defensive driving mode.

    This means than when someone decides to park their horse right under your horse's nose that you don't assume they will move...you move instead. The rider just has to be able to foresee potential problem and move ahead of time so problems don't arise. This is one of the reasons you have to be 18 before you can show a stallion...a matter of having some maturity.
         
        11-06-2010, 09:18 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ImagineThat    
    Why is he still a stallion if you are already planning to geld?
    Just a side note... 2 is still a baby. My stallion didn't really know it til he was more like 4. So don't count on his personality now... He could be a totally different horse next year.
    Because he needs the growth... He was starved as a baby But he's got nice bloodlines and I do plan on breeding him eventually if he shows promise and does well in shows. He is my horse I can do whatever I like with him I was just curious about everyones opinion on studs in the ring.
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