You will always have to be aware, first and foremost, that a stallion is a thousand pound breeding machine that can and will act on his instincts lightening quick.
Taking your stud out for shows, trail rides, or any equine event and you always need to be aware of cycling mares and his overwhelming desire to breed them. His brain goes to standby if he thinks he is going to breed, which will make your training regimen much harder than people with mares or geldings ... he will scream, prance, hang his pecker and dance at any chance he gets.
His housing needs are different, and he will never be allowed out in the "general population" - most studs have to be housed in a stallion barn with individual turnout, if you find barns that allow studs - most around here don't.
As a stallion gets mature, riding with your friends in the arenas is no longer a "hop on and ride" deal, it is a carefully planned out event to ensure the safety of your and your friends.
Stallions react quickly, often by striking and biting, and must be handled with extra diligence - can it be done? Sure - but the extra requirements make owning a stallion a real challenge - not one to be taken, in my opinion, unless there is a overriding reason to do so - and the longer he is a stud the more the behaviors become embedded within his personality, so if he ends up not working for you and you need to sell... now you have a stallion to sell that the vast majority of prospective buyers will want nothing to do with.
The bottom line is horses are challenging enough to train and mold into the perfect partner, and stallions just don't allow mistakes - you ALWAYS must pay attention, ALWAYS must strictly enforce rules, and NEVER let down your guard - I never understood why people would want to take the risks and responsibilities that come with that type of animal when a gelding is so much more suited for horseowners.
It is rather different out here, and you find many stables that willingly take on stallions providing they have none of the 'attitude'.
Also, just to lay it out there... if he does show stallion behaviour, it doesn't mean I will sell him. It means I will geld him.
I have to agree with Cowchick, I have met far more dangerous mares than stallions. They themselves are more unpredicatable at times.
Then again, we are involved with flight animals..
When I spoke to my trainer about him the first thing she said was "geld him, you have no use for a stallion"
If it wasn't for the owner making ridiculous demands, he would have been gelded. As it was, he came to the yard entire.
Due to his breeding, conformation and current nature, he has prospects to be a stud. If it goes awry, we have the option to remove his testosterone sacks ;D But you can't stick them back on.
All in all he is a pleasure to be around, and I would have expected any behaviour to have happened on a new yard, new horses, stables with mares etc. There is nothing, so far.
However, I don't wish for his gelding to be due to myself not being capable or handling him correctly.
My trainer owns, breeds, and trains stallions as part of her living to produce some of the best QH and paints in Germany, we have thoroughly discussed x, y and z and what is required of him as a colt in his behaviour, and how I need to act around him to ensure it.
This has gone completely off track ;)
I was asking for help and tips of training and handling Dubai, not reasoning on the internet as to whether or not he should have his balls...
Slight update.. he didn't get worked today. He had wormer last night (which he adored o.0) and this morning my trainer said he looked like he had some belly ache, so he was left in the round pen for an hour to mooch. And roll. I swear I will never have a dark brown horse that stays that colour!
Feet were much better today, the pulling forward and the poke in the ribs is working wonders.. he picked one of his front legs up as I approached it and held it up for me... quick learner!