Originally Posted by horse_luver4e
theres nothing speacial about a stallion.
You can train them to do anything there just horses.
While stallions can be trained to act just like any other horse, there is in fact something very special about them between their back legs. Their hormones drive them to do things that if unchecked/untrained can be very dangerous for their handler, people around them, and horses around them. If this stallion has not been ridden or handled regularly (except for breeding), he is likely a huge case of worst case scenario when it comes to stallions - he likely fits the stereotypes that stallions are given in the first place (the stereotype I have been working hard with my stallion-successfully- to get people away from thinking).
First of all, if no one is planning on breeding him any longer, geld him! That might help with some of the issues. BUT, from the post, it sounded like more of a case of an un-broke (nearly?) ex-race horse reacting than a stallion reacting. This horse ran away rather than striking, biting, rearing, kicking, etc.
I agree that this horse sounds like a case for a very good, very highly qualified professional. I am pretty comfortable starting horses and working many different horses, but I would be uncomfortable working with the horse described here . He is big, explosive, and untrained at 14 years old. My point being, he will be a challenge that takes great care, and will require just the right PROFESSIONAL trainer. The last thing you want is a person who thinks they are a trainer (despite how much experience they might have) trying to "break" this horse, and end up getting hurt or hurting the horse.
Also, it wasn't described in the post, but I got the impression that your brother did minimal prep before trying to get on him?? Sorry if that is not true, just the impression I got. A horse his age with his issues and inexperience would do best with a LOT of prep work from the ground over a LONG period of time. AND, if I were to back him, I would do it in a round pen or small arena after I knew him very very well from the ground, and he respected me thoroughly from the ground. I would have spent a lot of time sacking him out as well.
If you and your brother have little experience with inexperienced horses, I would let a professional help you out for sure. This reminds me of the real life version of the movie Flicka where the girl worked with the wild horse for a few hours and then tried to ride her (obviously it is not your situation exactly). Of course in real life people can get really hurt. Your brother is lucky he wasn't hurt more badly. That movie scene bothered me because it romanticized the idea of inexperienced people breaking powerful, wild horses - Dangerous! Sorry about that soap box - good luck to you guys, I hope that your brother eventually gets his dream of riding this horse...just get help and be patient.