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        10-07-2008, 07:05 PM
      #11
    Started
    Amazing how many times this topic comes up...
         
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        10-08-2008, 10:47 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I wouldn't get a stallion unless you plan to breed him and are experienced with them.
         
        10-08-2008, 10:52 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sara    
    Amazing how many times this topic comes up...
    i agree!!

    Its almost an instant argument starter! Ha! :roll:
         
        10-09-2008, 02:46 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    One more question though (hope with less controversy ): How is the process of gelding a stallion -this doesn't mean I will get one, I'm just curious ? What does it take, how long does it take, how much does it cost, etc?
    Thanks!
         
        10-12-2008, 12:18 PM
      #15
    Foal
    If you've never handled a stallion and have to ask other people what they're like, you're definitely not ready to own one. I may sound harsh, I'm not trying to be, that's just a simple way to put it. Good luck! And I swear I'm not trying to be mean!
         
        10-13-2008, 02:42 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    You don't. As I said though, I'm not planning on getting one, I'm just trying to find things out. Ideally I want a gelding.
    Still, if anyone has information on how turning a stallion into a gelding works, I'm curious, so please do tell.
         
        10-13-2008, 03:34 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    I just want to say this again, not specifically to you Wildfeathers, I just seem to not be able to state this clearly: I am NOT planning on buying a stallion. I just don't know much about them so I thought I could ask around here and learn something about them. Again, I am NOT trying to get a stallion. Just have some questions about them and the process of gelding. I'm sorry if I didn't clarify this enough, but I sometimes have some trouble expressing things right, since English is my fourth language. So please just leave some information here on stallions in general and how to make them geldings. I hope to learn more about horses this way.
    Thank you!
         
        10-13-2008, 05:31 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kiara    
    One more question though (hope with less controversy ): How is the process of gelding a stallion -this doesn't mean I will get one, I'm just curious ? What does it take, how long does it take, how much does it cost, etc?
    Thanks!
    I just had my 6 year old stallion gelded in September. It was a relatively quick and easy process, but does run some risk to horse and vet/handler. It is a much easier process on horses that are not full size. We will be having our colt done first thing in the spring, around 9 months.

    For the process, the vet inserted a needle (IV style) into his neck, and stitched it into place. She then proceeded to inject him with various drugs than eventually dropped him onto his side. We had to lubricate his eyes because we was too out to blink. She had an assistant, and I was by my horse's head. She used clamps and all her special vet tools to cut him open and remove the testicles. She left the incision open so that they would drain, and because we did not use a 100% sterile environment (anything out of a hospital), she would not be trapping bacteria in by stitching. We then had to wait for him to wake up, and keep him from getting up before he was ready (some stallions feel vulnerable on their side like that, so try getting up and fall repeatedly, hurting themselves). When he was up, I put him into his pen, and was to watch him carefully for 24 hours. I was given Bute to help control the swelling, and he was given a massive dose of pennicillan to prevent infection. After 24 hours, I was to exercise him to keep the swelling down.

    He is now no longer living alone, but learning to live with the geldings, and loving it. He is still too interested in the girls to be put in with them.

    He was a fabulous horse, and I was perfectly capable of handling him, but I did not like that he had to live alone, and that I always had to be super defensive and aware of what other horses and riders were doing at all times to keep my stallion out of trouble. I was also bummbed that I could not allow him to be ridden by kids, when he is such a mellow guy. Training him always took much longer too because his mind was always elsewhere. :)

    Sara...I agree that this topic is very popular for discussion...maybe because people feel very strongly about it one way or another. :)
         
        10-13-2008, 05:58 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    AKPaintlover, thank your for your informative post how long did it all take? Did you try to practice laying on the side with your horse before? I know, I ask a lot of questions, but since coming here I feel the horse world has opened up and I just want to learn as much as I can
    Thank you again.
         
        10-13-2008, 10:10 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    The whole thing took less than a half hour. We laid out a bed of shavings for him to land in when he collapsed, and tried to control his fall. We did not practice him falling ahead of time. I have played around with trying to teach him to bow and lay down in the past, but never put enough time in to get really far with it.
         

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