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In Egypt stallions are the rule rather than the exception since most of the
owners are men and for some strange reason it seems to make them nervous to
geld.  Stallions who get ridden have to be very well socialised.  I ride all
the time in groups of stallions and mares, sometimes even mares in heat.
The boys know that they can't do anything with clothes on! <VBG>  But when I
moved here from Canada, the idea of riding stallions scared the **** out of
me.  It's a matter of socialisation of both horses and riders.

I have an 18 month old colt who is regularly turned out with mares and has
been all his life.  We make sure that he has one of the old boss mares
around regularly to remind him how to behave and this guy is one of the
quietest, calmest colts I've ever seen.  And thoroughly, utterly, totally
henpecked!  Hopefully, he'll stay that way! At this point I have no plans to
geld him.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
Cairo, Egypt

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