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post #11 of 16 Old 12-30-2012, 02:50 PM
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The other point to consider is that it takes more to keep a Stallion than to keep a Gelding. Doesn't it? I mean, I dont' breed so forgive me if I am wrong, but don't you have to keep a Stallion seperate and have really good fencing, and have him really well trained to ride out in mixed company and be more careful in his handling and on and on.

If a person is planning on breeding him a fair amount, it might be worth it. OR, if you are riding in something like the Spanish Riding School.
But, for the typical horse owner, is it worth the extra bother?
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I have and have had several stallions. You do have to be more careful around mares, it does cost a bundle to promote them. I'm a real stickler for manners in my horses regardless of sex, so to me there's no extra training involved. My boys all know what , "No talking", "She's not for you" and "Put that away" mean. I'd rather ride some stallions in mixed company than ride a lot of people's geldings.

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My rule of thumb is, if he doesn't take my breath away when I look at him EVERY SINGLE time, then geld him. There's a stallion out there who will take your breath away and if this little fella doesn't, let him have a long happy life in a mixed herd as a gelding and some little girls best friend.

Ahhhh so true. I own a senior stallion and never once did the thought ever cross my mind of replacing him, I thought eventually I would keep one of his colts. He is one of those horses that do take my breath away, I feel so blessed every time I see him. Never put much thought into it. Anyways I was searching my local classifieds and found an expectionally well bred colt that I HAD to have. Brought him home along with another very well bred beautiful colt. The colt I had to have takes my breath away every single time I look at him. He is a weanling and I just stand in awe at how perfect in every way he seems, he is definatly keeping his manhood for now

Anyways on to the actual topic. It's really hard to judge, I don't think he has been fed properly, he needs a good trip and he is insanly fuzzy. As he looks in those photo', most certianly not.
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OP-I have to agree with all that has been posted. Also, have you not considered that it takes more than good looks to make a stud? Breeding has been mentioned, but what about all the other things to consider? Like personality and performance, just for a couple. What about any inherited disorders? Breeding should be a very carefully considered option, not just a "look at my pretty horse" contest.
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Geld him, you'll both be happier.
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Thanks for the input soenjer55 (: lol and I was thinking when he turns 1 year to put him into halter classes and see if he prospers in it. And if he does I'd probably move into either strict English disciplines such as show jumping and dressage. Or to team penning with him but he is still quite young I know. But around here we have a weanling halter class, and i've had people say he has a good conformation and some say a horrible one. That's why I'd like a bit of help before i put him in one so I and him dont look like complete fools ... if you know what i mean. It'd be mine and his first time showing... And when he sheds out I will surely post BETTER photos ha, the barn lights are not so great an my phone camera is excellent either.
How exciting! Haha, there's plenty of time to find his discipline- who knows, he might be a jack of all trades. I have a 6 year old that I still don't quite know what direction to take in, although maybe your boy will be easier! Looking at his bloodlines might help you out, too.
And a weanling class sounds like a great idea, the experience can't hurt him- and don't worry about what other people say about his conformation, he's just a baby, they're fools to be judging him entirely on what he looks like at 6 months. My suggestion would be to enter the weanling class and have fun, don't worry about what others think about his conformation. I don't show halter but I think at low levels it matters more how well your horse is groomed and behaves, too. Maybe you can ask someone on here who knows more about halter than me, there are lots of knowledgeable users.
I can't wait to see pictures when he sheds out!
-edit- I meant that the people who the OP was saying told her that he either had great or horrible conformation are fools, I just realized that that could have been taken as me calling the people on this thread fools. I wasn't, haha. I agree with what has been said. :)

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