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    01-19-2012, 08:27 AM
Working/Riding a Stallion around other Horses

Wondering what you have to deal with when riding a stallion or if you don't ride how do you feel knowing a stallion is around?

For me, sometimes and most of the times riding a stallion can be just as fun and relaxing as any other horse. I have gone bitless and bridless and felt safer on the boys honestly then my mares. But it depends on the situation and the other horses around. If there are other stallions or mares in heat it can still be fun but I end up being super alert to any changes or signs that my horse may decide to do what he wants. Mares in heat are not so much my worry mine are pretty well behaved and can work next to them without a problem. Working with or around other stallions..not so relaxing. Having another stallion riding near you that wants to tear the one you are on apart is not a pleasant feeling.
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    01-19-2012, 08:41 AM
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Ever alert is the name of the game. You have to be very attuned to your stallion's body language. Riding in company, you have to have your radar on. Yes, people should be aware that there is a stallion present and give you appropriate room. But most people are not aware how stallions have a different "space"requirement.
    01-19-2012, 08:44 AM
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A trainer I work for right now.. when she rides her studs around mares in heat she actually puts a little vicks on their nostrals so they can't smell them... studs arent very fond of it.. but it does keep them calmer.
    01-19-2012, 08:57 AM
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
Ever alert is the name of the game. You have to be very attuned to your stallion's body language. Riding in company, you have to have your radar on. Yes, people should be aware that there is a stallion present and give you appropriate room. But most people are not aware how stallions have a different "space"requirement.
Very true, I have been sandwiched by 4 mares on my first trail ride with my younger one *after telling everyone to be careful and keep their distance and why l* he actually didn't mind and went along fine, I was a nervous wreck though.

@Allison Finch
I have tried that. It did work at first but not for long. Then they recognized the bottle and would know what was coming.
    01-19-2012, 09:07 AM
I've never had a problem riding a stallion around mares, even those in heat.
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    01-19-2012, 09:11 AM
I quite often ride with a QH 8yo stallion who is recently broken in, and a well..ahem.. rounded andalusian stallion.

I don't think Duffy quite realises she is a) a horse and b) female. I have no problems with it, I don't ride up next to them, that'd be rude.

I have more issues with the 3yo being broken in like a nutter and it gallops around the school- I refuse to ride with that horse in there. I think training of the horse takes a lot in to consideration too, and the other riders.
    01-19-2012, 09:31 AM
I suspect some people don't realize how hormonal driven a stallion can be. We hear stories of how gentle and calm some is but there are many stories out there where people have been killed or crippled because a calm stallion suddenly turned on someone.
    01-19-2012, 10:02 AM
SEAmom, what breed and age are the horses you ride? It is nice to hear that :)

DuffyDuck, Nice. Well that is ok. Clyde is more confused about other horses, he knows he what he is...others he always hopes are female. :P There is one horse I do not like riding around because the rider think it is funny that his horse is pawing out and us. T-T Thank goodness they are far far away now.

Saddlebag, I have heard stories too that have made me think. I'm glad I'm still alive. I have had my share of close encounters with all my horses. I trust them a lot but I do tend to be safe. I mean, I wouldn't try to cuddle my horse who was all geared up to breed or battle, that would be asking for a paw in the chest.
    01-19-2012, 11:06 AM
I've ridden an english pleasure pb arab stallion (a friend's horse) in the arena (show and at home) and on trails for the past 3 years. I started riding him when he was 10. He absolutely knows what he has to offer, but he absolutely knows the boundaries. I've trail ridden him with mares and heat and he couldnt care less. To be honest, I worry more about warming him up, getting those kinks out and staying on during it than him being stud-y while I'm riding him. He's been ridden by my daughter when she was 4-6 years old. He was shown by a girl when she was 9-14 years old and placed well with him at shows.

I also was a groom in high school and there was a pb arab stallion there for wp showing/training and he was perfectly well-mannered at every moment. Again, he knew what he was about and seemed to thoroughly enjoy his "fun times", but he never took a misstep. He was one of my favorite horses ever.

That same barn did have a stallion who was crazy, but he was only taken out to breed. Not groomed, no turnout, and you could tell the difference. I have no idea what would have happened if anyone ride him around mares, to be honest.
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    01-19-2012, 11:17 AM
SEAmom, I have met a lot of stallions but they have been of the same breed. I met a few stallions that were quarter horses. They seemed ok . I have met some pure arabian stallions and they seem the most calm in fact I couldn't believe they were stallions. As for the native breed, you will have no doubt that they are. They are pretty aggressive in comparison to the arabians but it is just my opinion as I have only seen a few coming from different breeds. Also 10 is a nice age.

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