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    05-16-2010, 10:19 PM
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My trainer retired her stud from breeding at the age of 21. She had him gelded after consulting with a couple different vets. There is obviously a higher chance for complications such as infection with the older horses but hers had no issues at all. It took him about 3 or 4 months to stop acting like a stud, he was not safe to turn out with other horses for a while but now he's in a paddock with other geldings and just as kind as can be.... (I will admit that handling and riding wise he was always very well mannered and had excellent training) but as a stallion in his paddock and his stall he would longe at other horses nad slam into his stall, he was frightening for sure....
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    05-17-2010, 01:52 AM
I wouldn't be concerned. As mentioned, he may always be a "stud" in his head, but at least he get can't anyone accidently pregnant. =]

When my friend gelded her 10ish year old, the first thing he did was do the dirty with his daughter. O_O
    05-17-2010, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
I wouldn't be concerned. As mentioned, he may always be a "stud" in his head, but at least he get can't anyone accidently pregnant. =]

When my friend gelded her 10ish year old, the first thing he did was do the dirty with his daughter. O_O
    05-17-2010, 12:03 PM
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I wouldn't be concerned mostly by the fact that he's actually been allowed to live out his stud like tendencies instead of being repressed. Even AS a stud, he doesn't sound like he's the type of horse that's going to kill his owner because he sees mares at a show - when studs are allowed to run with their mares and other horses they actually learn how to behave and socialize instead of being taught that seeing mares is "giddyup time". If he's already pastured with mares and geldings, I don't see how gelding him will make ANY difference - he just won't be able to inseminate them.

People have this crazy idea in their head that stallions will kill other stallions and geldings - it's just not true. The more your stallion is allowed to socialize from birth, the better he's going to be with other horses. I know TONS of stallions that are very capable of having a gelding friend, the domestication and human handling seems to teach them they have nothing to fear from these cut horses and they're confident in themselves and their relationships with humans and other horses to not act like raging alcoholics all the time

I don't think she'll have any problems with this horse - gelded or not.
    05-17-2010, 12:09 PM
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To give credit to the breeder, he IS a very well mannered horse. He has worked under saddle and under harness extensively, and to handle him seems (in my short exposure to him) just like handling any horse. He's definitely been well cared for, he looks fantastic. My concern is primarily for the lack of experience my friend has, and I'm worried about her taking on more horse than she can handle in him - particularly because he is so large. (He's 17.1 hh). But she's in love. He was moved to her property yesterday, and is scheduled for his gelding on Thursday. He has the same name as my male collie (Cailean) so it's going to be weird *lol*
    05-17-2010, 12:11 PM
Indy, these big guys are usually much easier to handle than a light breed anyway. I bet she will be just fine, especially since she has such an awesome friend looking out for her. =)
    05-17-2010, 12:32 PM
Yup I agree with Macabre...if the stud was socialized properly as you say he shouldnt have an issue with other horses and if he is as well trained as you say he should be alright for your friend. As for gelding may be in his best interest...some older horses can develop issues sometimes with their little friends...and its not like he needs them if he will only be riding.

Now if he does have any studdly tendencies what so ever I doubt that they will change...he is just to old for the gelding to make much of a personality difference. We have a gelding at work who was gelded at 8 and he is currently the most studdy horse in the barn. Owner has to rub vicks in his nose if there are mares at a show. But from what you say this stud isnt to studdy so I doubt there will be an issue. Lol.

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