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post #21 of 36 Old 11-13-2011, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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I always thought doing it when it was cooler was better/easier for healing?

Don't worry, you are doing the right thing. It will be worth the smile on your children's faces when they start showing him!
Cooler is better but you don't want him laying down on the ground through the process if it's like 30 degrees outside. And all this week has been low 40's so I'm hoping for at least a mid 50's day.


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post #22 of 36 Old 11-13-2011, 02:16 AM
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I totally agree with gelding non-breeding stock. I recently bought a 10 paint stud that was as calm and quiet as they make'em. I tacked him up and my gelding and mare to have a nice lesson with my kids. Walked my son and the gelding past him, no problem. Walked my daughter and the mare past him, BAM! I'm kicked to the ground several times and I shove my daughter into the next corral. Just bruises and lots of aches, but my experience with studs is over (that's with 30+ yrs around ottb's). This stud then stopped, relaxed a hind leg and snoozed! I admire those of you who have done so well with your studs, but they are still studs! Geld him and enjoy his lovely disposition without any lingering doubts. PS my former stud is going back - he is untrustworthy, a crypto ($$$) and there are too many nice horses out there - I'm not into risking my life or limb
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Good luck with your decision. ((((Hugs))))

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post #24 of 36 Old 11-13-2011, 02:33 AM
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Thanks - not all horse decisions are easy, but good horse people have to make them all the time, don't we?:):(
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post #25 of 36 Old 11-13-2011, 03:06 AM
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Angelina1 who posts here had her stallion gelded at I think, 7or9yrs...and she says he is still wonderful...and I believe he was quiet before.
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Angelina1 who posts here had her stallion gelded at I think, 7or9yrs...and she says he is still wonderful...and I believe he was quiet before.

Thanks joec - Yes I did have my wonderful boy gelded at 7 years old - it was a hard decision as I showed him as a stallion and he was a gentleman at all times and very quiet whilst handling etc. BUT I had no desire to breed (another than the 1 filly) and I could easily show him as a gelding - Once I made the decision and the deed was done, I have never regretted it - he is alot happier (even has a friend now) - he still has stallion tendencies, like pooing in the one spot, etc.. (he is 10years old now) but he is alot more mellow - no longer pacing the fence line in spring, no longer calling out for the mares, no longer do I have to lock him up in a smaller yard in breeding season. I can now take him to clinics, trail riding etc without other riders worried out him being a stallion near thier mares or geldings or thier children. The only down side I have found in gelding him is his weight, he has become a couch potato and instead of worrying about him being a stallion I now worry about his weight!!!!!!

OP - go for it - if you do not intend to breed with your boy, geld him, you both will be happier for it - there is also alot of positives in gelding your boy for longevity and health.

I have included 2 photos - the first is my boy when he was a stallion and the second is him just recently after a ride (and before his bath) now a happy gelding for the last 3 years.. we are doing so much more as a team now that he is a gelding..
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Thanks joec - Yes I did have my wonderful boy gelded at 7 years old - it was a hard decision as I showed him as a stallion and he was a gentleman at all times and very quiet whilst handling etc. BUT I had no desire to breed (another than the 1 filly) and I could easily show him as a gelding - Once I made the decision and the deed was done, I have never regretted it - he is alot happier (even has a friend now) - he still has stallion tendencies, like pooing in the one spot, etc.. (he is 10years old now) but he is alot more mellow - no longer pacing the fence line in spring, no longer calling out for the mares, no longer do I have to lock him up in a smaller yard in breeding season. I can now take him to clinics, trail riding etc without other riders worried out him being a stallion near thier mares or geldings or thier children. The only down side I have found in gelding him is his weight, he has become a couch potato and instead of worrying about him being a stallion I now worry about his weight!!!!!!

OP - go for it - if you do not intend to breed with your boy, geld him, you both will be happier for it - there is also alot of positives in gelding your boy for longevity and health.

I have included 2 photos - the first is my boy when he was a stallion and the second is him just recently after a ride (and before his bath) now a happy gelding for the last 3 years.. we are doing so much more as a team now that he is a gelding..
Thank you!!! This is just what I needed. Poco is a great horse now. He can be rode anywhere with no issues, isn't a problem around mares, and is a gentleman at all times. The only time I've had a problem was at a show where a mare literally swung her butt at him and squirted pretty much into his face.

As great as he is as a stallion my biggest fear is something happening to Me and my husband not being able to find him a home due to him still being a stud. I would love to have a foal out of him "just because" but a) I'm not really that fond of stock horse types to begin with - I bought him because I loved his personality and b) there's really no need to try and breed a "copy" when I already have the original. :)
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Thank you!!! This is just what I needed. Poco is a great horse now. He can be rode anywhere with no issues, isn't a problem around mares, and is a gentleman at all times. The only time I've had a problem was at a show where a mare literally swung her butt at him and squirted pretty much into his face.

As great as he is as a stallion my biggest fear is something happening to Me and my husband not being able to find him a home due to him still being a stud. I would love to have a foal out of him "just because" but a) I'm not really that fond of stock horse types to begin with - I bought him because I loved his personality and b) there's really no need to try and breed a "copy" when I already have the original. :)
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You just gave all the world's greatest arguments FOR gelding. Not to mentions, but on organized trailrides they frequently say, NO STALLIONS. And at shows, unless it's an Arabian stallion at an Arabian breed show, your kids can't show him or handle him til they are 18 years old.

Also, I gelded this young guy at 8 years old:


That certainly wasn't the easiest decision I ever made, but he sure did like being out on pasture with everyone else after.

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-HUG- Try not to worry! Though he wasn't as old I had my horse gelded at 3, and like you I was a worrywart. For someone who had never gone through the process before, it was daunting. My guy was big as a football and drained for a good month, but in the end it was for all the better as he is a happy guy now. Just make sure you cold hose the site and more importantly, he gets exercise. I took mine for hand walks on nearby trails to help keep the flow going.
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All I got to say is I think he is a beautiful and sweet looking guy. @ dreamcatcher... Wow, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful guy.
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