A stallion is a male animal of the solipeds (equidae) and camel (camelidae) family.
The female counterpart is a mare. In colloquial language, a stallion is a male, un-neutered horse, while a castrated horse is called gelding. This is the scientific way to look at it. To us, they are much more! They are the pride of any stud, and until today it is something very special for many people to work with them. From a historic point of view, it had been the stallions that accompanied great generals when they marched onto the battlefield, and that were, not only to the general, often more than a method of transportation.
Bukephalos, Alexander the Great’s stallion, accompanied him through the whole world, and along with its death Alexander’s decline commenced. It is said that Alexander was the only one being able to ride this horse. It was with him in all his battles. The animal should have become very old, about 30 years. In its honours, he founded on the battlefield the city of Alexandreia Bukephalos, today’s city of Jhalem in the Pakistani province of Punjab, when the horse drowned during the battle at Hydaspes. Alexander buried it pompously and erected to the honour of the horse a monument at the place the horse died.
Unfortunately, the keeping of stallions did fall a bit into disrepute. Many riding stables do not accept stallions to be brought in – it is spoken of a fear of stallions. Pride, grace and an indescribable desire to work turn the stallion into something very special, but these needs are often for leisure riders hard to fulfil! There is no patent remedy how to deal with a stallion- but there is a principle: “Win its heart, then you will get its soul and its friendship – but never try to break it”. We love and practice the keeping of stallions and always try to meet its needs!