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-