Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
My own experience?
I was searching for a riding horse, and purchased a 3yo stallion. Big fella at 16.2hh, but had yet to mature in to his body.
Brought him to my yard, and my trainer, at the time, said to keep him complete.
This horse trailed an hour for the first time, got off on the yard and walked in the school in hand like he'd been there his whole life.
For the first month EVERYTHING was perfect. I kept him away from mares, I could ride with mares, his manners were impeccable.
But I found I wasn't enjoying him. He couldn't be turned out. If your friends come to the yard after dealing with their mares, how'd you think he is going to respond? If I had perfume on, he would snort and brighten up.
I have experience with stallions previously, and you as an owner have the duty of care to proctect others and their horses. I couldn't turn him out, I couldn't put him in a grooming bay next to mares as other owners freaked out. I was CONSTANTLY judged. This horse NEVER put a toe out of line.
A month later I gelded him and it has improved his quality of life, and I am now enjoying my horse rather than thinking all the "what ifs".
My advice? Geld, or buy a gelding. Buy a mare if you want to breed. If at nearly three years old he hasn't proven himself as a breeding stallion, he most likely won't.
You will only have control of 99% of that brain, and for me I want to be able to enjoy my horse rather than having to look out for other dangers past the norm.
If you go away on holiday, who will be able to handle him?
If you are ill, who will take care of him?
Leave breeding to the experts.
I was the owner of a good stallion, I am now the owner of an amazing gelding.