1 mare and 2 stallions together for first time as a trandem.


Just come out of our place if you look behind, we’ve just come out now. So what we’ve got is a mare in season and 2 3yo stallions (colts) on the outside. What the purpose of this is, is these stallions have got to go out in all company; they’re going to be shown maybe go out on drives and they want to be kept as entire. Got to have them so they just go along and not take any notice of her. See the mare showing a bit now, swishing her old tail about, and we want her to be like that because this sort of thing is the sort of thing that happens when you get out in company and a stallion smells a mare or she’s a bit seasony and you’ve got trouble. You can see her showing now, look the mare. So you can see she’s a mare and he’s a stallion as you can see. This one’s also a stallion so there we are – 2 stallions either side of a mare. They’re good boys to stand there. He’s dropped himself out this nearside horse, see him craning his neck, telling her how wonderful he is. But he’s standing quiet. The reason we’re doing this is when you want to take them out in company you want them to behave themselves. I don’t want you phoning me up and saying “Oh I took them out Baz but they played up” They won’t play up if you can drive them and I don’t mean that with any disrespect. If you’re a coachman and you can drive them, you’ll drive these out with that roof-seated break and if you’ve got a mare there that’s a bit warm you know with someone else who’s gone out, they should stand no trouble at all. and if you look down there on her you can see where she’s spraying and shooting there herself out on the road. The point being, these are full-up 3yos, and a mare showing in heat like you see when we were stood up, people say it can’t be done, well it can be done if they’re trained right. These have just been with us a little while just hit these brakes now and tell them “Whoa” and I want the stallions to stand with the mare swishing her tail where she’s showing a bit. Walk. And they’re all going away at the walk, walk on. Jig-jog Barely faster than a walk, okay now trot and then trot on. So you’ve got your 3 paces there, and all done off of rubber bits. If you can control two 3yo colts with a mare up the middle that’s showing in season then the rubber bit must do the job mustn’t it? Its obvious. I’m controlling them, I’m not pulling their heads off with great lumps of iron in their mouths so to me that proves the point. Nothing wrong with a rubber bit if the horse is broke properly and the person on the reins can drive. And these are just going along here sweet as a nut and if I wanted to speed them up or slow them down… All going along cantering, 3 abreast. Bring them back to a halt, all on rubber, 2 stallions and a mare standing quiet. They’re all 3yo, she’s just coming into season she’s already showing, you can see her dropping on the road there, spraying. So she’s there, all standing quiet. Are the stallions taking a blind bit of notice of her? No – because they’re broke properly, educated. If these horses were afraid of me, you wouldn’t stop them. Stop them in rubber bits? You’d be a long time stopping them if you had a lump of iron in their mouths. I have to say they’ve been to another yard I don’t know where and I don’t want to know, its not my business but they had them there 9 weeks and only got them in single and didn’t take them off the
premises – that’s what I was told you know I can only tell you the
story I’ve been told from the man that owns them. And the other trainer didn’t want to put them together in harness – he said they want castrating, cutting, well, what do they want that for? They’re perfect – look at them standing there quiet as lambs. With a piece of rubber in their mouth, with a mare in season between them. You know whichever way you want to dress it up, that’s fact, they’re standing there, its in black and white. Its in black and white they’re just standing there doing the job, piece of rubber. But its how you break them. They’ve got to listen to me and do what I ask them to do, because you might want this horse to come up, come back, come tighter to the pole, come off the pole for whatever reason. Well you’ve got to be able to talk to them through your voice, which we like to do through the voice mainly because if you try and do it off two reins, what you’ve got to do is look at your finger along here, right? Please do this. Get a Liverpool, put it on there. Put the curb chain under here and then just put it gently – it’ll make you cry with pain. Well that’s all they’ve got on their little bars in their mouths. And surely we don’t want to control them with pain do we? So its far better off to have them broke properly so they do as they’re told. These are 3yo horses whichever way you do it. I’m just going to do this now – stand still. So that’s the whip, straight over their heads. The point is I want them to stand still under awkward circumstances, difficult circumstances, do as they’re told – that’s what we’re looking for. Right walk boys come on. Just go with 2 fingers holding them, not got to hang onto them. You say “Oh well its Barry Hook he can drive anything and all this silly load of crap they talk about, well there’s Melanie driving them, keeping them all going sweet, and she’s no weight at all and there she is driving them perfectly fine, one-handed.


100 Responses

  1. Luna Equestrian

    January 3, 2014 8:39 pm

    In Canada you dont see stallions ridden cause there
    'To dangerous for ridden or driving work"

  2. Mysterious Mew

    January 6, 2014 2:14 pm

    your fantastic =) its so good to see someone who doesn't treat stallions like monsters and doesn't put nasty painful bits in there mouths, your now my hero, carry on with the fantastic work

  3. Lottie Cooper

    May 9, 2014 3:26 pm

    Respect. Evidence of what thoughtful training can produce. Calm focussed horses willing to do the job. Brilliant! I'm going to get mine driving eventually. He shall be coming to you!

  4. Maxtus demus

    December 10, 2014 3:33 am

    Simply Awesome. I have 6 stallions and I trust them all to listen to me and behave like gentlemen around mares or other stallions. I never have a problem. When around a mare in heat they get an erection but they still listen to me with only the lightest of bit. No reason for anything painful when they are trained properly.

    Thank you for sharing your video.

  5. Grace Wright

    December 14, 2014 5:38 pm

    This is awesome. When a stallion is likely to be dangerous is when he is being denied breeding rights. These situations have led to major human injuries in the US. So you are doing very well. I am so impressed with the good manners of your vehicle drivers.

  6. JhureesGirl89

    May 9, 2015 9:22 am

    Would love a chance to learn from you! I don't drive, but training like this can go across the board!

  7. SamIAm

    May 13, 2015 7:26 pm

    Although this is surfacely admirable, there is obvious tension between the 3 horses and not very humane, or sensible…..what exactly are you proving by doing this to those horses??

  8. Scotty

    May 18, 2015 2:29 pm

    In response to SamIAm (there was no reply button or way to tag you) from four days ago who said "Although this is surfacely admirable, there is obvious tension between the 3 horses and not very humane, or sensible…..what exactly are you proving by doing this to those horses??" — did you even watch the video?  Seriously. He clearly explains the EXACT reasons why he is doing this and it's quite simply for the safety of handlers and other horses in the future. Also, I see very little tension between these three horses. I see a mare in season in between two young stallions, acting just as one would expect them to when well trained.

  9. barryhook2

    May 26, 2015 12:54 pm

    @Shyann Cody – he's just "showing off" to the mare. We had their teeth checked on arrival by our vet (about 3 weeks prior to this film being made) as the previous trainer had mentioned to the owner that they were shaking their heads about, but did not check their teeth. The day they arrived we had a look in their mouths (as we do all horses who arrive here) and noticed they had wolf teeth. When the vet removed them, in one horse both were ground off on one side, in the curved shape of a bit (when placed against a metal Liverpool, it fitted perfectly; no wonder that they had been shaking their heads with the other trainer!) If you look at the other videos in their playlist you can see him running with his head straight.

  10. medicinelady20

    May 31, 2015 6:42 am

    My hat's off to you sir. Wish more people here in the U.S. would work with their horses the way you do. Highly admirable job! 🙂

  11. Hadie Grove

    June 10, 2015 9:31 am

    Wow! Very nicely done mister. So damn trained well. I understand that stallions are hard to break, but u got it!

  12. Scarlet Peoni

    December 2, 2015 9:48 pm

    That is mental(in a good way). I've seen problems just riding rigs and mares in season when they are at opposite ends of a field never mind tied up together.
    Is this an unusual situation?

  13. Horsepiration

    January 21, 2016 1:15 am

    Wow this shows that you do great training! Proof that stallions aren't absolutely crazy if you teach them to behave themselves- same goes for mares. Good job 🙂

  14. ExpandMyLife

    February 25, 2016 1:37 pm

    A master of your profession is a joy to watch. Thank you so much for sharing your videos. (new to your channel) blessings from Ontario, Canada

  15. Marit

    February 27, 2016 1:36 pm

    This is beautiful very well handled stallions and mare too
    Especially for 3 year olds.
    They behave very good around the mare
    They try but she's saying no.
    They aren't able too but without equipment definitely a foal could happen 😛

  16. Paige Braithwaite

    February 28, 2016 8:21 pm

    to control either one stallion or more than one horse at once take a tremendous amount of skill but to control two stallions, a mare, three horses and a carriage thats just showing off 😅😅😅 no but seriously I dont think I can handle that amount of skill

  17. KaregoAt

    March 12, 2016 3:21 pm

    I love seeing videos like this show in stallions as just what they are: horses. So many people demonize stallions and keep them separate from other horses and that if anything is going to make them behave dangerously.

  18. TallysDoodles

    June 19, 2016 10:49 am

    What beautiful horsemanship you have, you can tell these horse respect you and are well looked after. Its clear from the way you talk about them too you care a lot about them and have invested a lot of time into these horses, hats off to you sir! The equestrian world needs more people like you 🙂

  19. whitney schupp

    July 7, 2016 4:54 pm

    I have used ur videos to help me start my young pony in harness(and teach myself as i havent been around driving horses) and everything do has helped an extreme amount. Thank You

  20. Maryah Cook

    September 2, 2016 1:43 am

    I have a question. Does Barry always drive in a rubber bit or will he sometimes use a butterfly or liverpool? Does he use a mullen mouth or a break? Also, how long is a horse in training to get them as desensitized and listening as well as these fellows?? It took me a solid 20-30 days to get my 3 year old really listening to my voice commands and to harness and ground drive. I started him when he was 2 driving. Since I don't currently have a cart that will fit him. I hooked him to a pallet and he drags that around for now. Thanks! Love Barry's videos. They were very helpful when I hit a bump in the road with my colt.

  21. Ruth McChesney

    October 23, 2016 10:39 am

    Barry, you are such a true horseman. The very best, bar none. Your videos are entertaining and educational. Absolutely brilliant.

  22. David Ryenolds

    December 20, 2016 4:55 pm

    If you ever have a rubber bit come apart you wont be a happy when the bridle slid back ,Don't Keep them long, But they are good to bring the mouth back.

  23. junito1957

    December 20, 2016 6:33 pm

    guess those two are going to complain that they pulling the wagon with a hard on and not getting any ,lol

  24. Echo 9970

    January 5, 2017 8:28 pm

    I worked in the U.S.A been a head groom for 30 plus years in the US I worked for a high goal polo player traveling all over the U.S.A, I would ride a 4 year old stallion and lead 6 mares off him even mares in season. he played high goal polo and 96% of the polo ponys are mares so your playing off and pushing mare off the ball at a gallop you don't want that stallion trying to jump on a mare. never had a problem with him.

  25. Jaimie W

    April 9, 2017 2:03 am

    You have tariffing horsemanship I must say but might I ask why you threw metal or aluminum thing between the horses. Were you testing them or something.

  26. Madison Reams

    April 10, 2017 8:38 pm

    my neighbor has horses and a big Field…but never lets them run, one time they got out and no one told them because the horses were fine in my big yard, when the owners came to get them they were in flip flops and no bra on…it's sad

  27. Tezza Flows

    April 19, 2017 4:36 am

    You treat the horses with amazing respect, which is rare to see when it comes to Stallions & Mares in heat. Love watching your videos.

  28. Fredster !!

    April 23, 2017 10:10 am

    I'd be more worried about the mare being in the middle because she's smaller than the two stallions, not because she's in heat (because obviously these people know what they're doing and can handle it), but the horses seem to be doing pretty well despite the size differences.

  29. Snowy Wolfgirl

    August 4, 2017 10:09 pm

    XD can you imagine walking down the road and seeing 3 beautiful horses and then seeing 2 raging horse boners?

  30. Stormy Day

    October 1, 2017 1:50 am

    Nice job. If more people would train their studs especially like this, it would make them way more safe to be around!

  31. DoubleDogDare54

    October 9, 2017 5:06 pm

    Well done, sir – but this is being done with 3YO colts, both which I assume have "never been kissed".

    Would this still be as safe to do when they are 10 year old studs that know the facts of life? 😉

  32. Annabella Laws

    November 26, 2017 3:21 am

    Rubber bit, and NO whip beating (only used above head for noise) all voice command, traditional methods work best, and thank you, this violent beating them into submission with never works correctly, but training with proper training works best. and your video shows this.

  33. Horse Headcam

    January 5, 2018 4:09 pm

    No hate to these people. But I don’t think it is right to ride horses like this.

    Nice vid though

  34. Brian Skjaveland

    January 13, 2018 8:52 pm

    I always drove my percheron stud with mares and other studs and he was just the perfect gentlemen always in his wrok clothes and he knew it . sure miss that big guy ..


    February 25, 2018 5:01 am

    Sir you are amazing with horses and people need to watch this and learn about what is really going with there horses truly inspiring

  36. Nat. 1

    March 9, 2018 4:27 pm

    why do some people say that it's bad to canter a horse on a hard road. i heard that it's bad for their legs but you cantered them on the road so i'm assuming it's fine (because you sound like you know what your doing) is it okay to canter a horse on a hard road surface

  37. BaileeGermanotta

    April 15, 2018 2:42 am

    100% no need to zoom in on the enormous dick hanging out to prove it’s a stallion 😂 that made me laugh

  38. Robin Malmberg

    April 18, 2018 6:12 pm

    Only have one problem with this, you should Never ever trot on concrete. It’s so bad for the horses joints

  39. Lauren

    January 30, 2019 8:00 am

    You can voice train a stallion to keep himself intact around other horses by backing up your voice commands with a whip poke under the rear belly….not a lash just a poke strong enough to keep him intact. Lady I know wd ride her stallion and trained him to stay intact with voice commands and a poke or smack in that area and he listened and learned easily.

  40. Susan Flowers

    February 28, 2019 6:33 am

    Those poles on the sides of them, they don't hurt themselves on those? It looks like it bangs against them quite a bit. They sure are Beautiful!

  41. lynda cheeseman

    March 5, 2019 5:32 pm

    I agree with you, kindness to animals get the required results, plus they want to work for you.. inflicting pain is just plain cruel. And they won’t work for you, but against.. train with kindness and patience ..

  42. jo bond

    March 13, 2019 9:54 pm

    Well done. Breaking is the wrong word you don't break but work in partnership. No violence kindness

  43. Lucas A

    September 1, 2019 8:47 am

    This ides that stallions need chains and huge bits is just becuase people coop them up in stals where a ton of frustration builds up (That goes for any horse, especially the young ones, that don't get enough time outside and exercising).
    People don't train them properly even though stallions can be just as sweet and obediant as any other horse. Even with a mare in season present. And this video is a great example of that.


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