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post #1 of 16 Old 04-24-2008, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Boarding your yearling?

Well, this is a problem I didn't see coming at all...I've been looking for places in my area to board my almost-yearling and I'm having a really hard time of it. Most of the places I've talked to will not take horses under 2-3 years of age. Add to that the fact that he is a stud colt and the pickings get REALLY slim. In retrospect, I guess it does make sense, but that doesn't really solve my problem!

Has anyone had to deal with this problem before? If so, how was it resolved? I haven't exhausted my options and I do have a fall-back plan, but this may effect how early I have to geld my boy.

Any suggestions would be appreciated :)
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Mmm, I guess not. Ah well, I'll keep looking!
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Sorry Sara - I've never had this problem, and have never heard of it either - it could be that the fact that he's not a gelding would turn potential barns off... but I don't see any reason not to accept yearlings (unless it's a barn frequented by kids...)

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I may have found a place...I hope so anyway. The b.o. Wants to put him in a paddock by himself, which I don't really want; I'd rather she put him out with the geldings (all their turn-out is same-sex). He's very social and I know he'd be miserable if he didn't have company. If I can convince her to put him in a herd with the contingency of a solo paddock if his behavior changes, I think we'll have a deal.
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If you don't plan to keep your guy a stud long term wise, geld him now. Doing will fix a lot more problems than you imagine, the board being one.

I currently own 2 coming yearlings this year but didnt have problems moving them to my trainer's facility. Because I'm not familiar with where you are located I'm not sure how I can help you.

You should look at your local newspaper, you might find some adds for private properties and pastures being available?
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If you don't plan to keep your guy a stud long term wise, geld him now. Doing will fix a lot more problems than you imagine, the board being one.

I currently own 2 coming yearlings this year but didnt have problems moving them to my trainer's facility. Because I'm not familiar with where you are located I'm not sure how I can help you.

You should look at your local newspaper, you might find some adds for private properties and pastures being available?
Haha, I know...I've been waffling due to peer pressure from my friend, her parents, and my mother, of all people...you'd think an ex-equine vet would tell her daughter to stay away from stallions.

You're right, I should geld him; even if he did make it as a stallion candidate, I don't think I'd have the heart to give him up, even if I could buy a whole herd of Friesians with the profit.

I'll check the paper for private listings, I actually haven't tried that yet.
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If you don't plan to keep your guy a stud long term wise, geld him now. Doing will fix a lot more problems than you imagine, the board being one.

I currently own 2 coming yearlings this year but didnt have problems moving them to my trainer's facility. Because I'm not familiar with where you are located I'm not sure how I can help you.

You should look at your local newspaper, you might find some adds for private properties and pastures being available?
Haha, I know...I've been waffling due to peer pressure from my friend, her parents, and my mother, of all people...you'd think an ex-equine vet would tell her daughter to stay away from stallions.

You're right, I should geld him; even if he did make it as a stallion candidate, I don't think I'd have the heart to give him up, even if I could buy a whole herd of Friesians with the profit.

I'll check the paper for private listings, I actually haven't tried that yet.
I know it is hard to think of the idea of gelding a horse you really like. I own a fully papered boy with really nice conformation, temper and lines. I couldnt stand the idea of gelding him but bottom line is, not only do we not need more horses on this planet, but owning a stallion in general is a complicated matter. Not all facilities can handle a stallion on a large public training facility but you also have to deal with the liability.
You now have to carry a special insurance just for him. You have to be extra careful when trailering, and going to shows. You have to find the right grooms and handlers for your stud. Not all people know how to deal with a stallion.

It will be hard but it is better to geld. I did it and even tho there are days when I wish I hadn't gelded him I am also glad I did and save him and myself a lot of grief and trouble
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I would geld him. It may stink that you have to do that, but it may be a good thing too. ;)
Maybe they are upset there may be an accident?

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Yes, I've decided to geld him...gonna stop fighting the tide, as it were:P Just waiting for that left testicle to drop.
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Good, good, it's for the best. ;)

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