Can you Geld a Horse Safely At 24?

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    02-17-2012, 02:13 PM
Question Can you Geld a Horse Safely At 24?

I am thinking about purchasing a 24 year old appaloosa stallion. He is wonderful with kids and is very calm, for a stud. I have no interest on breeding him and plan on gelding him. Is it safe to geld a horse when he is that old? I love his coloring and disposition. We currently have 3 mares and 3 geldings in our herd, and they are all pastured together in one huge field. Except in the winter when we take our older mare and gelding to my moms cousins house where they get close supervision. The stallion has been kept with geldings, no mares. I am wondering what would happen to him when I geld him. Would he keep his stallion attitude? Would he get infection when we geld him?

Here are some pictures of him-

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    02-17-2012, 02:18 PM
At 24 y/o, you run the risk of him bleeding to death if you try to have him gelded now. Since he's been a stallion his whole life, the blood vessels that run to his testes are quite large at this point.
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    02-17-2012, 02:58 PM
He is gorgeous though!
    02-17-2012, 03:01 PM
Have you discussed this with your vet?
    02-17-2012, 03:12 PM
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I would have the vet look at him. My old trainer had her arab stallion gelded at 21 when she retired him from breeding. He actually had less issues then her 6 year old stallion, who she also retired. (she got out of the breeding part of the business).
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    02-17-2012, 03:16 PM
I have nothing to offer to this discussion. But Farmpony84, the horse in your avatar looks like Mudpie!!!!!!!!!!
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    02-17-2012, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by mudpie    
I have nothing to offer to this discussion. But Farmpony84, the horse in your avatar looks like Mudpie!!!!!!!!!!
maybe they are related...
    02-17-2012, 03:24 PM
Ooh could be(: Is your guy registered? If so, who's his daddy? (I must discover these things)
    02-17-2012, 04:00 PM
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He's Impressive bred on both sides.
    02-17-2012, 04:07 PM
Hmmmmm... Mudpie's not registered (if he is, I don't have the papers) but I have a slight suspicion that his sire might be "Cowboys Hall of Fame" .... I can't find any pictures of him, but I've been tentatively considering calling the owners and asking if they have any pictures...

We'll see!

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