A stallion is typically unpredictable and stubborn. And unlike other animals that are very cooperative, a stallion doesn’t easily bend. Handling and controlling a stallion, therefore, are serious and demanding tasks and sometimes even perilous. For this reason, you need to be very equipped and properly trained for these tasks. To help you, here are some tips.
- Get experience in handling horses. If you have no prior experience in handling a horse, it will be almost impossible for to you to handle a stallion. So before you even consider working closely with a stallion, have a few years of horse experience, handling mainly mares and foals. They are easier to manage and will give you a general idea about horse behavior. Make sure to learn from an expert horse handler.
- Understand the stallion’s biological responses. You need to know that a stallion acts the way it does because of the hormone testosterone. The said hormone is what makes it aggressive, especially when a mare is in sight and during the breeding season. All his energy is channeled toward responding to the hormone. So unless you train the stallion when to breed and when it needs to perform other tasks, you are going to have a hard time controlling his biological responses.
- Be firm and consistent. Demonstrate to the stallion that you are in control without resorting to being physical. You can do this by asserting your authority through your voice, look, and body language. Teach the stallion to follow your rules and reward it if it behaves in a pleasant manner. You can, for instance, pat the stallion and give it some treats. But when it behaves negatively, make sure to enforce punishment that is not in any way physical. Whipping or hurting a stallion will only make him angry. And you certainly don’t want to deal with an angry, powerful stallion.
- Use tools. There are several tools that you can use to control a stallion. One is example is a stud chain. It is put over the stallion’s nose and clipped to a ring to keep it in place. You can tug the lead rope of the stud chain whenever the horse becomes disobedient and rude.
- Never provoke the stallion. Stallions can also be calm and gentle, but they get completely unruly when they are provoked. So to avoid this behavior, make sure that no mares and other horses are around when you bring the stallion out. The stallion will naturally assert its dominance in the presence of other horses and become more physically powerful than it already is. Also, avoid situations where there is a lot of noise going on.
- Have another person to help you. Especially when it is breeding period, you need some assistance in handling the stallion. The stallion can be easily agitated during this period and is too strong for one person to handle. Also, make sure to have direct access to veterinarians and doctors in case of emergency.
Above all else, be friends with the stallion. Show that you are a friend
by talking to the horse and walking with it. After a few bonding
activities, you will earn the horse’s respect and confidence.