Rules for riding stallions
I've always been slightly unclear about the rules regarding riding stallions. I've googled a bunch of things, but I can't seem to find the answer I'm looking for! I know you have to be 18 to show a stallion, but does that also apply to riding at home(barn, boarding facility etc..)?
If your at very organized and certified barn, it's common practice to not let minors handle stallions. I however have been handling stallions since I was 11. I know how to handle them, but all the barns I was at weren't fancy or "under the microscope".
The under 18 rule is more of a standard. Some shows or events don't allow stallions at all, some only allow them with adult handlers, some will make certain exceptions. I've been to shows who don't allow studs but have let me both come and let my 3 year old show lead line without any problem since he's so well mannered. Unless specifically marked on the show bill I ALWAYS call and get permission before bringing a stallion somewhere.
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I help handle the stallions at the barn and I'm under 18. We are a pretty go with the flo type of barn. I have also ridden them, but not at any shows. I thought the rule was no minors can show but I could be wrong.
Each association have differnt rules as do each show if they are not under an association. Youth in a Youth Class and Novice in novice classes can not ride stallions. However in some associations that same youth or Novice can if they are in other classes. So you MUST check the rules for that shows or association.
As for at home. This is what ever your parents set up as rules. Barns are the same it is what ever the barn and their insurance set up.
I can understand shows but at home My kids ride my stallions all the time. Although my stallions are used to being around mares all the time. When I was breeding he was always out with the mares. he was a pasture breeder and a perfect gentleman so were my other stallions. By them being out with them all the time they are fine around mares. If I have one that does act up and I need him around mares I put vicks just inside of his nostrils and as you all know no other odor gets by the smell lol. JMO
When I was 19 I worked at a Morgan breeding farm
and I handled the stallions even though where I was you had to be 21 to
handle the stallions
I was not scared at all but there was a new person who just began
and the young stallion sensed this fear so I came to he rescue I was
calm and quiet around him and he was fine
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