I think we were having a Disney moment, not an intelligent equestrian conversation
I agree with everything you said (I don't want to slander an unsuspecting horse owner who was gracious enough to let me try his horse) but me agreeing with common sense didn't stop me from going "squeeeeeeee". Lesson learned
The Disney moment , goes with the Hollywood black stallion image and folklore
Curious, is that the owner's daughter on the horse, as youth can't even show stallions in youth classes, or is that horse gelded, thus the owner feels no chance of liability, putting youth and novice riders on that horse?
We always had stallions, but my kids were late teens before they ever rode them
If you ride a stallion, you are liable, no matter if some mare runs her butt up his nose, which always made showing a stallion interesting, as many people, esp kids, in the hitching ring, just did stupid things.
Thus, I for one, would never have just let anyone hop on one of our stallions, as I would have been liable, should that stallion not been in control.