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post #11 of 23 Old 02-17-2012, 05:17 PM
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my boss Gelded his 17 yr old Stud Last Oct he was fine. He had always been broke to ride and competed in cutting for several years. After he was gelded he was still pushy with the mares and sometimes acted stud like (protect/aggressive). But I would still have a vet or twos opinion before putting him through this procedure.

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post #12 of 23 Old 02-17-2012, 11:51 PM
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I gelded a grand old stallion that was given to me when his owner went to prison. He was a Palomino Saddlebred parade horse and drill team horse that that had been in the Rose Parade several times and had been in Madison Square Gardens in the Shriner Parade group that his first owner belonged to.

His second owner inherited him when the original owner died. The guy had been a stable boy at the Shriners' barn and had cared for the horse for years. He got into trouble with the law a year later and his mother called me and said I could have him or she was having him put down because she could not afford to board him out.

I drove day as night to save the old horse. He was 20 years old and in great condition.

I had him gelded 3 or 4 days after hauling him home. He was just fine. He did not bleed more than 3 or 4 drops. If good emasculaters are used correctly, even an old horse will not bleed much. We have gelded several old ones, but I think Lucky was the oldest.

The only effect gelding had on him was that his quite sizable crest on his neck lost all of its 'starch' and fell over to one side. I guess it needed testosterone to stay rigid.

The old guy was so well trained - having been used for parades and drill teams all of his life -- that he made the best lesson horse ever. I used him until he was 32, gave him to a little girl that had her young horse die and she rode him 2 more years before he died.

He looks like a neat old horse. Go for it.
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post #13 of 23 Old 02-18-2012, 12:02 AM
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Do you live near Houston? I think I've seen the craiglist ad for this horse.

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post #14 of 23 Old 02-18-2012, 12:07 AM
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I can't give you any advice on gelding him, but he sure is cute! This is probably something that would be best if you talkednto your vet about it.
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post #15 of 23 Old 02-18-2012, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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I need to talk to my vet, I will be taking my horses there in a few weeks to get their spring vactionations done. Just wondering what your opinions are about this before I buy him.

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Do you live near Houston? I think I've seen the craiglist ad for this horse.
Nope I am in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is currently in Spring Creek, Nevada. He could possibly be on craigslist though I found him on ksl.com.
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post #17 of 23 Old 02-18-2012, 09:11 AM
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Nope I am in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is currently in Spring Creek, Nevada. He could possibly be on craigslist though I found him on ksl.com.
I am sure I saw him on Craigslist, the lady was swelling him and another horse in the same ad with him. But it was in the Houston Craigslist. I would be leary, maybe they moved but I have heard of people using pictures from other people.
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post #18 of 23 Old 02-18-2012, 12:31 PM
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With age comes increased risk but I think that risk can be managed by having a surgeon do it in a clinic and have the horse stay for a period of 3 to 5 days to make sure he is well on his way to making a full recovery.......but it is expensive.......here where I live it would be about $2000.00

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post #19 of 23 Old 02-18-2012, 10:43 PM
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We have just done all of the older stallions -- including the 20 year old -- just the same way we do the young ones.

A good set of emasculators, left on a little longer to make sure the bigger cord and blood vessels are thoroughly crushed, is all we have ever done on an older breeding stud. We have done probably 20 or more of them that were breeding horses over 8 or 9 years old and none had any problems.

Our Vet does not charge any more for any of them. I think he charges $100.00 now and lays them down on a clean grassy spot. He uses Rompun and Ketomine. They are down for 15 or 20 minutes.

The day I bought a cheap stud off Craigs List for a kid's horse and paid $2000.00 to have him gelded, you would have to lock me up. It would mean I had completely lost my mind. Just me, I guess.
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post #20 of 23 Old 02-19-2012, 12:02 AM
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Well regular geldings on youngsters in our area is $600.00.

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