Of Horse

Created by Horse enthusiasts for Horse enthusiasts

Stallion Troubles
Facebook Tweet Google+ Pinterest Email More Sharing Options

Stallion Troubles

Recently I was at a show watching my class before getting on my horse to warm him up. As I was watching, I heard a loud squeal and a scream from a rider. I turned around to notice a very worked up stallion, kicking out at another horse in the warm up. This stallion was clearly young and confused, but is this really an excuse for the rider allowing a potentially dangerous situation to occur?

Now before I sound like a raving mad human being with a problem with people who ride stallions, I must say this. I have seen some impeccably behaved stallions that don't put a foot out of line. In fact while on a work experience type venture earlier this summer, I noticed that one of the horses on the yard was a stallion, however from a very young age he had been told off for looking to cover mares, and is so well behaved that he can be ridden around the school with mares in season and doesn't so much as look at them (He still does the occasional covering). I also have friends that taught their 14.2hh stallion that he was only to cover mares when wearing a certain bit, and again through repetition he was so quiet their 8 year old nephew rode him at shows. My final example was at the RDS in Dublin the four year old class was underway, and there were several stallions who did not put a single toe out of line.

Yet at a local show there was the most incompetent rude rider I have ever met, who frankly should have had her stallion under control before taking it to the show, which was full of novice riders, as it was more of a "fun" show than anything else. As this girl was walking around on the outside track (Something any rider should know is not very good warm up arena etiquette), another competitor in the class trotted along past her, this led to the stallion lashing out. In fairness to the rider of the young stallion, she did have a stallion disc on his bridle, but it should be remembered that it is common for one to place a white ribbon in the tail of the stallion to warn other riders. The rider of this youngster then proceeded to hurl the most vile insults at this other rider, who was no more than 15. To use such language to any other competitor is dreadful but especially to someone so young, as a role model that is unacceptable. It also meant that in fear of annoying the youngster (or worse the rider) the whole class came to a standstill while she warmed up, jumped and cooled her horse off. The horse, of course, jumped dreadfully, but then again I'm not sure if it was the earlier incident or the rider's tense attitude. This meant competitors such as I (I was bringing on a young horse) were held at the show longer than should have been necessary. However as much as I didn't mind the waiting, the "lady's" attitude toward a younger competitor appalled me very much. 

In conclusion I believe when bringing a youngster to a show (whether stallion or not), it is important to exercise good manners to all involved in your sport, but particularly when bringing a stallion to a show, you should always be prepared for things not to go to plan, and to deal with it with good grace.

Manners go a long way no matter where you are.  

More about Riders, Stallions, Horses

Yes! Send me a full color horse trailer brochure from Featherlite.

Thanks! Your brochure will be on its way shortly.
  1. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    Voted. Very good post and agreed. There is a certain etiquette that is generally maintained at a show whether there are stallions there or not. Exercising good manners is just a part of it and helps to make things go more smoothly and pleasurable for everyone. Not only should the stallion be taught manners... but the handler as well.
    1. TaraONeill
      That was my exact point! :) Thank you
  2. Teshaw R
    Voted, Thanks for posting I hope you enjoy mine http://www.ofhorse.com/view-post/Seabiscuit-The-One-and-Only
  3. jst4horses
    Whether horse or human, we seem to be forgetting we ALL have a right to be safe. Working at the track, where often people bring in high on hot feed, young, horrible multimillion dollar colts that are NOT going to be gelded at least until after the big four year old season has ended ..............I say.......there is no excuse for allowing a person to put others in danger. I have worked with some really dangerous studs, and they know, "NOT YOUR MARE" and just the simple fact that the saddle and bridle for racing means race, not bother the other horses. We all have to go to the leadership, whether of boarding stable, or show and say, either get them out, or we are leaving. We all are so scared we might lose some little ribbon or whatever, that we do not get together and demand safety. There is NOT one single excuse for the show people to have not thrown this person and her horse out. I have seen an escaped stallion go lashing, biting and attacking through the backstretch of a track. Injuring people and horses. The owners, and the trainer had no idea of how to deal. My son and I, with a couple of other idiots, went in and got him out of the mess he had gotten himself into in someone's electric hot walker, he was trying to mount the mares on the walking machine, fight the geldings, and kill their handlers. I was a lot younger then, and my son was still a courageous if brainless teen. We got a strategy and people to rush in and get the other horses while we rushed in and grabbed that stallion, he still had broken reins dangling from his bridle, he had thrown his rider on the track and come back into the backside. I too have had really well behaved stallions, and trained other people's to know "not your mare" means stand still and stop that! NOW!. But, I have worked with one stallion that was just a hormonal nutcase. They had to geld him. He just could not handle racing and not being gelded. He was a great horse, sold on down to show horse when he was not a great race horse, but I will never forget how vicious and out of control that horse was, no ifs and or buts about it until he was gelded.
  4. Eve Sherrill York
    Eve Sherrill York
    Very good points. Voted. Please come over and check mine out as well.
  5. BrazaoDani
    Well, I have some of these stallion troubles often. My horse is a stallion and he's 7, almost 8. But the problem with my horse is quite diferent from the other stallions. He gets scared, he even tries to escape from the warming arena. He gets really scared to see a lot of horses together in the same place. He doesn't really look at mares and at that point he really behaves well. The problem is, he kicks when the others go against them. And sadly, even when I wear a red ribon (and i wear it always) some people seem to ignore that sign. At home my horse behaves perfectly, at the warming arena he may kick when you go against him. Sometimes I would like to see some respect from the others riders like i respect them :) But ofc, i agree with your text :) Voted! :)
  6. gregmaria397
    hola frd add chat contacto gregmaria397@gmail.com

Sign Up to Vote!

10 second sign-up with Facebook or Google

Already a member? Log in to vote.