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        09-19-2013, 07:54 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by dbarabians    
    They do not geld many horses in Mexico either.
    If you find a well behaved stallion one that is well trained an you are an experienced horseman then I see no issues owning a stallion.
    I ride mine every where and use minimal precautions to ensure he and I are safe.
    There is no comparison between riding a gelding and a stallion.
    Geldings I now find boring. I like the extra spirit and confidence a stallion has. Of course that may change as I get older. LOL Then I will ride only mares.
    I have owned two geldings that were stallions until after 5 years old.
    Both never stopped fully acting as if they were still intact. They did not act studdish as much but retained certain traits.
    Good luck with the new horse . Shalom
    I respectfully disagree. Unless you are talking in regards to the horses 'talent' at its job, there is a HUGE difference between a gelding and stallion. And as a rider, you have to be responsible as a stallion owner/rider to make sure that you make a safe working environment for yourself and other riders.

    I found that a lot of people made scenes in their heads, and had a huge issue with being around a stallion. As a 3yo Dubai didn't realise he had balls or what they were for. He was AMAZINGLY well behaved on the floor and under saddle. But other people around me with mares and geldings caused more issues by 'what ifs' all the time. They can make things more dangerous.
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        09-19-2013, 08:14 AM
      #12
    Trained
    Duffy Duck riding a stallion is indeed much different from a gelding. That is what I said . There is no comparison between the 2.
    A stallion requires the rider to ensure the safety of not only his horse but those around him. You need to be more alert your stallion will be.
    Yet a well trained stallion will do as it is trained to do. Behave.
    However other horses may react and not be as well trained around a stallion.
    Shalom
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        09-19-2013, 08:21 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Apologies DB, I misread that. I understood it as there is no difference. Sometimes I read things as a German, and as in this case, mistake the meaning.
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        09-19-2013, 08:29 AM
      #14
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
    Apologies DB, I misread that. I understood it as there is no difference. Sometimes I read things as a German, and as in this case, mistake the meaning.
    There is no need to apologize DuffyDuck I understood what was happening.
    We were saying the same thing. Shalom
         
        09-19-2013, 08:31 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    I've met some very well-mannered studs. It all depends on how they are handled and how much they are exposed to things. The ones that are kept alone and segregated all their lives are generally the worst.
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        09-19-2013, 09:49 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I wouldn't rule out looking at a stallion, especially if you plan to geld. It all comes down to whether they are well-mannered and well trained to begin with. Many geldings have more "attitude" and lack of manners than my stallion Dream. He is gentle and laid back- a complete gentleman, but then again, that is what I insist on. The trainer who is working with him now says he's the most well-behaved, honest stallion she's ever worked with. I'm sure there are others out there who have similar manners.
    Happy hunting!
         
        09-19-2013, 10:37 AM
      #17
    Started
    I would recommend, if you plan on gelding, to stay as young as possible. I knew one horse that was gelded at 5, and was very study before gelding. He was always a dominant handful, and may as well have been kept a stud, he tormented the mares and tried to kill the geldings, so he had to be kept pastured separately like the stallions anyways. Awesome riding horse though The other example was my clydsdale. He knew what a mare was, and had bred before, but he had a naturally laid back, friendly personality, and was by nature a middle-bottom of the herd type guy. He was gelded at 5 and after that no one would guess he had ever been a stallion.
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        09-20-2013, 11:01 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    In my country we have one breed that no one gelds ever, because they are so docile- so first it depends on what kind of horse you're getting.

    Nice, docile ungelded males do exist, I've seen more than one used as school horses for beginners. They where very reliable. So you can look specifically for a very calm horse. I'm not sure if you can get beginners' horses out of males who have already "known" a mare.

    If you decide to buy and geld, please stay on horses under the age of five-six. After that age, you should geld only if necessary for medical condition. You'll hear of horses who did well after being gelded after 16 or so, but you never know, some horses actually do fine, some others develop health problems, some others stay with the "stallion" mind, some lose every vitality. So you'd have a very high chance of not getting what you want, either from horse not changing a bit, to horse changing too much.
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        09-20-2013, 11:26 AM
      #19
    Trained
    I wouldn't discount a stallion at all. I used to ride a Peruvian paso who was a breeding stud his whole life until his owner had to get out of the business (his wife had cancer, so he sold off his stock to help pay medical bills). Charmer (registered name "El Encanto"...he can actually be found on allbreedpedigree.com) was gelded at 13 and was an absolute gentleman. You would NEVER have even remotely guessed that he had been a breeding stud his whole life. I was a very beginner rider and we trail rode together with his new owner (a vet tech I worked with) and he took such good care of me and taught me a lot. He was a sweet gentleman on the ground and a sure-footed, easy-going mount on the trail (nothing phased him, even when the other horse was having a complete meltdown over some imaginary threat).
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        09-20-2013, 04:05 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I personally love stallions, but I do not think they are for just any one.

    I know quite a few studs that were used for breeding, that are now gelded later in life, and pastured with mares with no problems, others that can only be with other geldings. It really depends on the horse, and I think a lot has to do with the way they were kept as studs as well. I'm a firm believer that the best training for a young colt is a witchy mare. She will put him in his place faster than you can blink! Lol
         

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