Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
Many places will not let you bring a stallion to ride, due to the lack of skill of riders, having children on geldings and mares, older people, etc. While I have myself ridden stallions for ranch work, I think there is a time and place for them to be ridden and in a large group with such a diverse set of riders and skill, that is not the place.
I also have to wonder when one gets a stallion, why does he have to be kept a stallion if he isn't going to be ridden, worked, shown, or have the best of the best? I know woman around where I live who work with large draft stallions solely to try to prove a point and should not even be let near a horse period!
I had a 2100lb 18.3H Clydesdale stallion get out of his stall at a small town show and raise holy havoc...he went after a Belgian gelding tied to a trailer, striking, biting, screaming, rearing and kicking it over and over again, the owner yelling at him but no one making an attempt to get him off, others scrambling to get kids and horses out of the way or in horse trailers. While I am scrambling to get my son in the truck, my mare untied and in the trailer, my husband tried to untie the gelding, striking the stallion with a lunge whip, my husband got kicked in the thighs, throwing him backwards.
The stallion came around our trailer and went after my Percheron mare. By then someone else was trying to grab him but he was being very evasive, trying to mount my mare several times, biting her and she none to pleased with his advances. By the third time he tried to mount she let him have it with both hind hooves and I at that time, kept her shod, she laid one of his front legs open and when he came down off of her someone grabbed him.
Did the owner get thrown off of the show grounds? Nope. Did she get reprimanded? Nope. Was she allowed to show her stallion even though a vet had to be called and that stallion was drugged to the gills? Yep. And her and her husband NEVER came to see if my husband was okay, if we had taken him to the ER, or if anything was broken till AFTER all their show classes were done. When I went to the show officials, I was told to shut up and let it go, no one was hurt, my mare wasn't bred and all was good.
THAT is the stallion owners who need their head examined. We are fortunate on this board to have some great stallion owners who are conscientious and know how to handle one properly and keep their mind busy. Others, not so much.