I don't own a stallion, and will not any time soon. But some day in the future, perhaps when I win the lottery and can purchase good breeding stock, I would certaintly love to. I have read lots about stallions, and I haven't really found anything solid. How is training a stallion different from training a mare or gelding? I have heard that they can [potentially] be easier to train because they only think about one thing. Keep them on track and don't let it get out of hand and they will be willing partners. I would definitely want to keep my stallion in a herd to be socialized, and I don't like any horse being isolated without ever having social interaction.
I have met plenty of nice stallions, and have handled a few. How different are they? If you are trying to teach them something will they lash out at you, even if they seem mild mannered? With the right training can they be worked around mares and trusted? From what I read and what I have seen first hand are completely different. I know plenty of stallions who can be worked and led past mares without a problem. Then I read about how stallions can never be trusted and will demolish anything in their path to get to a mare.
I'm a little conflicted. If a stallion is raised right, is there really any cause to worry about them more than the average horse? Just like any normal horse, even a mare with hormones a'plenty, they aren't going to try to take you down just for reproductions' sake? (Of course that doesn't mean being irresponsible, anyone with a stallion still should recognize that they are intact and can get mares pregnant.)
I do know you have to be careful around stallions, just like any horse they are unpredictable, but I can never find any reliable information. Anyone experienced want to shed some light? Also, would it be unheard of to pasture a stallion out with mares during breeding season, let him cover the mares, and pull him out of the pasture to train? If he was only pasture bred would it be difficult to train him to be able to collect for AI? Also, I have broke and worked with many horses, intact and not, of all ages and personalities. For someone who can train horses, would a stallion still be 'out of my league', so to speak? Years in the future I hope to improve my horsemanship skills, so even if a stud isn't something I could handle now, I hope that in the future I wouldn't have a big problem. One last group of questions, how many mares a year should a stallion breed to be really worth having? Can a person wait untill their stallion is well into training before breeding? (As in, wait untill they are 4 or 5 before every breeding a mare.)
Sorry for so many questions, but I like to educate myself and couldn't seem to find any solid, practical advice. Thank you for the responses!