Would you geld a 5yo

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    09-05-2011, 03:32 PM
Would you geld a 5yo

My friend is looking at a 5yo failed ex race horse at the weekend, only re down side is he is still uncut, and his current owner say he is too old to geld.
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    09-05-2011, 03:38 PM
I would absolutely geld. 5 is definitely not too old.
    09-05-2011, 03:40 PM
Whoever owns that horse right now is an idiot. Many horses aren't even gelded until they're 5.
    09-05-2011, 03:42 PM
I have seen stallions gelded at 10 and 12 and do just fine. Both physically and mentally.
    09-05-2011, 03:53 PM
That's what I thought too, But over here we tend to geld earlier. Apparently he is a very placid stallion, but as my yard is mixed and this is where she will want to keep him if she buys him, so he will have to be gelded.
    09-05-2011, 03:54 PM
I had Woodstock gelded not too long ago, he is 5. It went well, no complications at all.
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    09-05-2011, 03:58 PM
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Yes, I would not hesitate to do so.
    09-05-2011, 04:01 PM
^^ Agree
    09-05-2011, 04:13 PM
Green Broke
I had a 5 year old haflinger gelded & a 6 year old standard sized jack both gelded a couple years ago. No problems with either gelding procedure. The jack had more swelling, but the haflinger had barely any.
    09-05-2011, 04:24 PM
My uncle and aunt were recently forced to geld their 12 y/o champion reiner/ cow horse. He's a doll under saddle and in hand, but was starting to become vicious to mares and geldings being walked down the barn aisle. We had to keep him tied in his stall while we brought horses in and out of the barn so he wouldn't work himself up too much from pacing. His sire, Desperado V, became vicious towards other horses around that age as well, and Mr. V would undoubtably have killed another horse if a barn gate had been left open, or a fence come down. They decided to geld him, as they still have a supply of frozen semen, and he will be much happier when the hormones wear down enough that he can be pastured other geldings.

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