Stallion

A stallion is a male horse that has not been castrated. They usually have a thicker, "cresty" neck compared to mares and geldings, as well as a more muscular physique and a fiery temperament.

Acceptance


In Asia and the Middle East, the riding of stallions as pleasure, work, and competition mounts is widespread, for both beginners and experienced riders, and especially among male riders. The gelding of stallions is unusual, and is generally seen as unnecessary or unnatural.

In Europe, the riding of stallions is uncommon, and typically performed only by experienced riders. The majority of stallions are gelded at an early age.

In North America, there is a broad and exaggerated fear of stallions in the horse community. Very few riders even in the most experienced ranks are willing to take stallions as mounts, and most boarding barns will refuse clients with stallions. Virtually all stallions are gelded shortly after birth, other than those kept explicitly for breeding or racing stock.

Many people geld their stallions because they believe they will be able to live a happier life, since stallions are turned-out alone (although they should have visual contact with other horses). Additionally, stallions are usually gelded because of the stigma that they are difficult. Because of this stigma, there is a small market for stallions in the West, and therefore it is usually difficult to sell one unless he is considered exceptional. (Wikipedia)

Herd Behavior


In a herd or a group of horses, there is usually only one stallion. The stallion makes sure that his mares are able to graze and rest while he keeps watch for signs of predators or rival stallions. Sometimes young stallions will attempt to steal or mate with another stallion's mares, if the two meet there is usually a stand-off or fight. Rarely do opponents hurt each other in the wild because the weaker animal has a chance to flee, but in captivity some fights can result in a colt, that will be tolerated until it becomes sexually mature, at which time he will be harassed by the stallion until he leaves the herd. Feral stallions have been known to steal captive mares or to simply mate with them. Farmers and ranchers usually dislike this as the foal may have undesirable qualities. (Wikipedia)

Famous stallions


Name Career Owner
Trigger (Golden Cloud) Movie and Trick horse Roy Rogers (Leonard Sly)
Figure Founder of the Morgan breed Justin Morgan
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