Some friends of mine own a coming 8 year old stallion. He was shown in halter as a weanling and yearling. Then his owner went into the Marines and was deployed to Iraq. He's now back and wants me to show the stallion halter. I'll also be barrel racing him. We'll be doing speed events mainly but would like the option to show halter too.
He's not a difficult stallion. Has great ground manners and is really really sweet. Wonderful disposition. Super easy to ride. The mares he's grown up with have taught him well.
He is trail ridden with mares and geldings without issues. Maybe one or two calls, a few nickers but he's super well behaved. My mare was actually worse then him, she is a hussy and started backing towards him and he didn't even give her a second look.
My question is, I'm absolutely positive that his...ummm...male part is going to come out while in the show ring. Standing before a judge like that isn't flattering so what do you do to train them to not have that happen? I've heard of people using Vicks to cover the scent of mares but I'd like to know if any of you that own stallions, have any tricks up your sleeve to prevent this, or make it go away quickly.
If he lets it "hang loose" during riding, I turn him in circles and trot him away from the group and he puts it away. He learned very quickly that way that it's not to come out while he's being ridden.