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Using a Stallion for every day riding?

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    05-20-2013, 07:58 PM
Originally Posted by Casey02    
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 :)
Some people LIKE having a stallion. I do. I enjoy everything that he challenges me with BECAUSE this is who he is. He has been more work, learning and .. more work. BUT... with that work came rewards and WE are a team.

I just got him with our new mare and I really hope that it works. I'm too old to do another after but I'd never think of cutting him.

Each one is different. Each trainer/owner/rider is different. So each can make their own choices.

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    05-29-2013, 08:35 PM
Would love to see a pic of him.
    05-29-2013, 08:41 PM
I really like to ride a stallion. I enjoy their presence and spirit. It is a liability and it's not your stallion that's really the issue it's somebody else's ragging mare or butthead gelding that's going to cause a problem BUT it's YOUR horse's fault because he's a stallion. I really don't get why people are so bitter toward them, but such is reality.

It really depends on what you're doing with him. If you're just hanging out and riding at home, live and let have his boy toys :) If you tend to ride in groups, show etc then gelding would be a better option.
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    05-29-2013, 11:32 PM
Originally Posted by WSArabians    
Non-breeding stallions should be gelded just for their peace of mind. It'd be like locking a guy in a room full of naked ladies with a shield around his you know what - not fair.
For this reason if nothing else! I can't imagine how frustrating it'd be to be a stud not allowed to breed or interact with other horses, just IMO.
    05-30-2013, 08:36 AM

Hafflinga stallion!

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    05-30-2013, 01:27 PM
I have a registered solid-bred Buckskin Paint stallion, he just turned seven, he breeds about five mare's a year, & he's the best behaved horse I've ever been around. He knows his job in the pasture with mare's, but once you put that halter on him & lead him out, he knows his job too. He rides out with mares, geldings, & even other stallions. I've ridden him bareback in a halter around mare's before & he doesn't even nicker toward them. I've been taking him to the TN state show for the past two years. It all depends on how the stallion acts - if he's 13 I don't think he should be gelded this far into his life, & he's apparently been a fair behaved stud since he wasn't gelded any sooner. I have a proud cut gelding who acts more of a stud than my stallion.
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    07-04-2013, 11:27 PM
Sadly, it's not about how well trained the stallion is or how good the rider is, someone will be out there on a mare they can't control, and it will be your fault. I have shown a number of stallions, and the first show I competed in, we entered an open gender class. Some older man was up on a mare who started squealing and throwing a fit when she saw my boy, although he was perfectly well behaved, and I kept him as far away from her as I could, a woman with the man absolutely yelled at me up and down about how I shouldn't have a stallion I couldn't control, though at no point did he take a wrong step, nicker at her, or even crane his neck towards her. The man could not control his mare around a stallion, but it is still caused by the stallion. I have since only taken stallions out with experienced riders I know, and in stallion only classes (or one horse in the ring).

The fact of the matter is, if something goes wrong, the stallion and his rider will always be blamed. If your main goal is to have a casual riding horse you can take on trail rides and events, it would probably be in your best interest to geld him. Some mares really do act nuts when they see a stallion, and you'd really hate for something to happen if a young girl is up on a mare that causes a problem she can't handle and winds up injured.
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    07-08-2013, 11:36 PM
Originally Posted by WSArabians    
The only problem would be organized trail rides - most will not allow stallions which is a pain.
Non-breeding stallions should be gelded just for their peace of mind. It'd be like locking a guy in a room full of naked ladies with a shield around his you know what - not fair.
Well said, I appreciate your view on it. Couldn't have explained it better.
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    07-09-2013, 11:56 PM
Before I bought Star he was constantly pacing his pen and underweight. I bought him and started riding him daily. He calmed down considerably even with numerous mares in heat surrounding his pen.
I intend to do the same with my new stallion Rushin Sam after he has gained more weight. I did ride him today for about a 1/2 mile.
Stallions need a job just like other horses. I ride mine everyday and Sam is handwalked for a mile everyday. He is calming down . I don't think he will ever be as calm as Star but his first week here was trying. For him Star and me. Shalom
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    07-11-2013, 02:25 PM
Originally Posted by blanchardgirl    
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
I ride a 17 year old stallion several times a week with other horses. He's been off the farm to parades, expos and horse shows and never has a problem. It just depends on the horse himself and his temperment/behavior and the riders experience too. If you're a nervous wreck, he's going to be too If you're unsure, rub some Vicks Vap-o rub in each nostril.
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