Join Date: May 2012
Location: West Central Indiana
OP - I don't post a lot, as I figure I still need to read & learn more than share, but this thread made me want to offer you another perspective on the idea of not gelding him.
I've not got nearly enough experience yet to make any critique. However, there are many seasoned people/experts on this forum whose opinions I value greatly and love learning from their experience and believe that he is probably not one you want to keep a stud. They have given you good advice and while I understand you would like to be able to earn some $$ with your stud, or maybe just a personal reason for not wanting to geld him, please at least consider looking at it from another standpoint, one that I offer with personal experience.
Your horse is a stud, he wants to breed. It's the way nature made him. Horses do escape sometimes, no matter how great your enclosure and studs do breed others' mares accidentally. My neighbor has a stud he also refuses to geld and occasionally he does show up here, where I have a young mare. So far I have seen or heard him before he got close enough to her to get up to no good and we have avoided accidental breeding. So far...and I go out of my way to try to ensure that doesn't happen. But my mare carries frame and he appears to possibly also carry frame and that frightens me. Should he ever get to her and manage to breed her, I'm potentially stuck with the loss and heartbreak of her delivering a lethal white. Unless we were able to know she'd been bred and stop the pregnancy early.
From that standpoint alone, why chance him accidentally breeding someone else's mare and possibly throwing a lethal white foal (I agree with other(s) about the potential for frame there)? Or as others have said, throwing foals could end up going to slaughter, or end up abused, neglected and/or PTS early because they couldn't hold up to hard work long-term?
Just please at least consider gelding him. He does have beautiful coloring and looks like a good-minded horse, why not just love & enjoy him as a gelding and give him a little different (or less) work?