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post #31 of 34 Old 07-11-2013, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by blanchardgirl View Post
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 used my stallion just like I would any other horse, showing, Drill team trail, camping and what ever I wanted to do along with mares.
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post #32 of 34 Old 07-11-2013, 10:44 PM
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Well said, I appreciate your view on it. Couldn't have explained it better.
I know how *I* would feel in role reversal.

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post #33 of 34 Old 07-12-2013, 10:37 AM
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I used to ride an OTTB stallion on trails with mares. he was great, actually one of the most exceptional stallions I've ever known. One ride we were out with 4 other riders, all on mares, three of which were in heat. He didnt even bat an eye. that said, he was a breeding stallion, so he had that 'need' fuffilled, unlike many stallions who are worked around mares, but never get to breed anything. If your not going to breed, geld.

I also agree with people not being able to control their mares and blaming the stallion. Its a shame, but lots of people never truly learn(or even want to learn) how to handle their horses when they act up, and the person on the stallion will get blamed. their are mares that will back up to a stallion when they're in heat, rider or no rider.
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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.
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