HORSES: Lovers and those in the "know".. C'mere...

  1. It's extremely slow here today at work, can you tell? :chuckle

    All this reminiscing about my summer job as a horse and buggy driver got me thinking.

    We had an "intact" male horse named "Moonshine". Total albino. I only had Moonshine once on my route only because he COMPLETELY FREAKED OUT in crowds. They thought he was a great horse with the black vis-a-vis carriage I drove and that was a disaster. I had Beale Street as part of my route in downtown Memphis which customarily had loud drinking people staggering around. My regular horse, King, didn't care and was pretty sedate in a crowd (old Belgium draft gelding).

    Moonshine tried to bite people, bucked in the harness, would try to snatch food from people walking by, he was just rude.

    My question is, the females in our tour company could not drive him during "that time of the month" because he would walk around fully aroused. I can tell you how embarrassing that was. And he would follow you, even while hitched to a post, if you walked by "during that time of the month" and nuzzle your bun bun. I wasn't used to being around stallions at all, not while driving nor while in riding school. Is that normal??
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   JedsMom
    It is Very normal I once was returning a horse to a racing stable and decided to walk through the stud barn to check out all the beautiful stallions As SOON as I set foot in the barn they went nuts, kicking, yelling, pawing at the stall doors and doing that lip curl thing My husband to be at the time looked at me kinda funny and said uh, is there something you need to tell me?:imbar Duh, needless to say he escorted me right out of the stallion barn before they tore it down and I ended up paying for damages. Yup, normal. Tippical male
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Just remembering that lecture we got way back when in sex ed. "No one will ever be able to tell when you're menstruating. Just you."

    They obviously didn't know about the horses.

    :chuckle Heather
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    I had a neighbors horse break out of his pen and head for my mare when she was "in season". He lived 2 miles away. I had to rope him and tie him to the back of the truck to get him away from the fence.
    -Russell
  6. by   colleen10
    Hi Vegas,

    I have worked with some horses, usually yearlings and two year olds though. I have never had the sort of trouble you are describing but I certainly wouldn't doubt it.

    At one stable the stallions only had to be within 30 feet of a female and they would go ballistic, so, I wouldn't put anything past them.
  7. by   PennyLane
    How strange.

    By "intact" do you mean they neuter some horses?
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    Yes!! Moonshine was the first stallion (non-neutered) horse I'd ever worked with!

    I've driven horses in Memphis and Cleveland, took riding lessons through elementary and high school and never dealt with stallions, just geldings (neutered).
  9. by   Ortho_RN
    Yep, that is very common for a stallion..... While I was in school they didn't let the women students mess with the stallions anyways and it usually took two male students to control some of them... They are a handful.... Major attitude...

    I am suprised they had a stallion out on something like that...
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by nurs2b
    ...I am suprised they had a stallion out on something like that...
    He didn't last at all. Damaged a carriage really bad when a bus passed by him one day, even with blinders on. I don't know what the owner was thinking unless he planned to have him "fixed" eventually. Wayyyy to high-strung for city streets.
  11. by   baseline
    Boys will be boys, but not all stallions behave in that manner. I showed quarter horses for years, and most of the stallions were very well mannered. Of course most of the mares were on medicine to keep them from coming into heat.........
  12. by   emily_mom
    Sheep like pregnant bellies...stupid fact...

    My FIL raises them and they used to butt my belly when I was preggers. Never bothered anyone else or me afterwards...just the gut turned them on...

    Probably thought I was hiding a pumpkin under there (their favorites)

    Kristy
  13. by   prmenrs
    Mel D -- that's what a 'gelding' is: a male horse who's been neutered. Unless the horse is to be used to breed, most little boy horses get snipped--for the reasons outlined above.
  14. by   spineCNOR
    My, My...this IS an interesting and informative thread!

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