Using a Stallion for every day riding?
Hi, I am new to this forum. So I don't know if some one has already asked something like this. But here is my question: I have a 13 year old Stallion who is broke to ride, and is a very calm level headed horse, and I want to be riding him more and with other horses, and I want to know if there are other people who ride stallions on a daily/weekly level ( mainly as there only riding horse) and if they think they make good riding horses? Or would I be better off having him gelded? He throws nice babies, but there are also enough Stallions out there who throw nice babies that I don't feel I need to keep him a stud for that purpose. Just looking for some other people opinions on this subject...Thank you, Vicki
Sure, why not? A well trained riding horse is a well trained riding horse no matter what the gender. When a properly trained stallion is under saddle, he is not thinking breeding, even if a mare stood in front of him and squatted & peed (had that happen to me when I rode a stallion), he is obedient to his rider.
I know plenty of people that use them as their everyday workin ranch horses..
If he knows his job- does it well.. hes a good horse. Id rather have a mare bred to a horse thats got a great demeanor and calm temper than what most people are breeding today- (wild crazy no brains havin studs) it says a lot about him to be used everyday with other horses and be a good horse. Thats a stud i would not geld (depending on his conformation) thats the type of stud you could do a lot with- go to the shows- trailride- or work. Sounds like you got a good one! :thumbsup:
Oh and welcome to the forum. :mrgreen:
I think that it is the training or BOTH stallion and rider. I ride mine just about everyday with mares, geldings and other stallions. I also have some other experienced riders that ride him. My stallion is trained BUT so are the other riders and they know what to watch for and take preventive measures if/when needed. We ALSO are watching for possible trouble from the other horses around us. Some riders have NO idea what is going on.
I know a stud that ropes, trail rides and is mostly around mares. You'd never know he was a stud.
We rode around the lake once, I on my colt, the stud, and a few mares and geldings. Only horses we had issue with were the hussy mares. They were squirting, tail flinging, and wanting some.
I say leave him intact if you have the option and desire to breed him. Cutting him now would not likely change any studly notions he may have.
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Thanks for all your reply's! It has helped me make my decision! I'm going to keep him a stud and just work hard on his training in responding to me.
Honestly if you don't want to breed him anymore I would say geld him. Just so the chance of having him breeding isn't there. or getting loose and breeding to somebody else's horse doesn't happen (I don't know the living conditions, or I you have neighbors ect). I mean if you can control him and understand that he can be unpredictable then by all means its your choice to leave him as a stud as well :)
Stallions can make great riding horses.
Though, IMO I don't see the point in keeping a stallion if he isn't producing something spectacular. Like you said there's a lot of stallions out there who produce nice babies but, not enough that produce that next level.
I forgot who said this but, I read it from this forum and thought it was a brilliant example of how responsible breeding should be done it goes something to the effect of:
Good breeders breed the best, to the best, and hope for the best.
If he isn't the best out there and you don't have the desire to find the best then you're doing an injustice to his offspring since the horse market it crap. Not to mention the prospect of creating those frankenhorses through irresponsible breeding... IDK, maybe your stud is amazing and you have a stellar breeding program going on then by all means keep him a stud. I've met plenty of stallions who were true gentlemen and if you didn't know, you wouldn't know they were intact.
I rode my stallion for a few years when he was smaller but what made me stop riding him in public was it was simply too exhausting. Not because of him but because of all the idiots with other horses out there. I was having to monitor every other horse to make sure they wouldn't do anything to cause a problem. The straw that broke the camel's back was I was riding at a public ride in the country indoor arena (we always went early to avoid the crowds) was a guy was lunging his gelding while chatting with some friends. His horse got away from him and made a bee line towards me. Thankfully by friend saw what was unfolding and got between the gelding and me. His proceeded to lunge at and bite her horse. If the loose gelding had made contact with my stallion and he had retaliated (you just never know how they'll react), I would probably of been at fault. If I had gotten dumped, there were about 6 young kids riding in there as well and that could of been a major train wreck. Is it worth it?
My daughter had a stallion she rode daily from when he was 2 to 10 yrs old, she was 10 when he was two. He rode with mares, geldings, and other stallions, without a problem. The problems with him started after I gelded him when he was 10, my daughter wanted to do high school rodeo with him, so I gelded him she found boys so didn't rodeo, and he wasn't the same horse after the gelding, he became a jerk and I ended up selling him.
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