09-05-2011, 03:24 PM
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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.