If you’ve never worked with a stallion, then know it can be quite a bit different than a gelding or mare. Handling them requires being prepared for the unexpected and knowing your surroundings. Some are so gentle you wouldn’t even know they’re a stallion, while others really make it obvious.
Stallion Handling Tips
- It’s important you know your environment. Stallions can be difficult to handle around mares, so avoid tempting them when possible.
- Even more than your average mare or gelding, stallions thrive on consistency. Ideally, you create a schedule of feeding, turnout, and work that is consistent day in and day out.
- Never get flustered or anger with them. You need to be patient and keep your cool!
- You can’t been timid or fearful when working with them. The best handler is assertive and not too passive or aggressive.
- There isn’t necessarily a right way to handle them. Each stallion needs to be treated like an individual. When introduced to a new one, always ask for a history of how he was handled- both the equipment and techniques used.
- Don’t even think about interacting with one until you have a good amount of experience. For the first time, enlist the help of a professional.
The average riding or boarding barn will not have stallions. They’re really best left to the professionals. If you do need to interact with them, then always respect their power!