I am ready to geld. My stallion Dez. We got a great colt out of him, and I am now looking AI for future foals. I am more interested in breeding for the purposes of improving my own heard rather than selling horses, so having my own stallion is fine, but not necessary. (My 10 year goal it to get another stallion with a few traits that I find myself wishing Dez had - a couple more inches, homozygous color, more of a performance record/pedigree, a little more energy!)
The market here as elsewhere is minimal for standing a stallion, and I can make a lot more money on him as a lesson horse, and will also be able to allow younger people to show him. He would be our best kids horse except that I have to constantly think about the fact that he is in tact....well I am ready to remove that factor.
We would like to breed our mare AI/SS next spring, but I would really like to geld dez this summer/fall (possibly at the same time as his colt). My question is...will it be really difficult to breed our mare AI with no stallion on the property? I know teasing can be invaluable. Is it worth waiting until after she is bred next year to geld?