Hi, just wondering if anyone rides a stallion? I'm looking at getting this teenaged stud(13).... do they make good family/riding/trail horses?
And would it be TOO LATE to geld him? What would be the side effects of gettin' him gelded this late?
Please let me know. Thanks
Not all stallions are created alike but as a general rule no, they do not make good family horses.
You would need to discuss the pros and cons with your veterinarian. There are higher risks in gelding an older horse but it can still be done. My Arab was gelded at age 17 and, though the surgery definitely had risks, he was dangerous as a stud (striking, biting, etc.) and after he was gelded, became a wonderful horse and I was able to train him to carry a rider.
I used to ride a stallion years ago, he has since passed on. I would not recommend a stud for a family horses ... as for gelding just talk to your vet. My friend had her boy gelded when he was in his 20's (she got him when he was that old) and he dis just fine with it
I think gelding him at 13 wouldn't make much difference in his behaviour as the amount of hormones he will till have.
Like Nikelodeon said it depends on the stallion some are evil brats that you don't want to be in the same field as let alone ride then there are others that are quiter and gentler then most mares or geldings.
I baught I 10 year old shetland stallion in October last year after he recovered from flu I back him in November.
This was the first time he had ever been riden.
The only time I have really riden him he was worked up and took off at a gallop, I was bare back and neadless to say I fell off, then he took himself home very proud of himself.
I own a Zangersheide stallion and have worked with many in the past, all jumpers. If you do not have extensive experience handling stallions, I would NOT advise purchasing one.
As for gelding him, if he's quiet enough (an atypical stallion) and you don't have mares in proximity, I would leave him. If it's necessary, I would take your vet's advice. I had a warmblood brought to me who had just been gelded (he was 8). He was a fantastic jumper, but he definitely still had his stallion tendencies. However, I've worked with other stallions who were relatively quiet and well mannered. It all depends how they're handled.
Been riding and showing stallions from day one. As long as they are well trained and you know how to handle them they are no differnet then any other horse. That being said you stated a family horse to me that means people who may or may not be horse people if that is the case then a stallion would not be the best choice.
If you don't plan on using him to breed then it isnt fair to keep him a stallion. IF he is a stallion he will need to be kept away from all other horses and treated VERY differently than a pet would. Stallions needs to be pastured alone as if they arent he could cover mares, hurt himself trying to get in with mares, and start fights with / potentially kill any geldings you have. You'd have to be VERY VERY strict with him even if he IS sweet and unless he's the elvis presley of the horse world it just isnt fair to HIM to keep him a stud and make him miss out on being a horse.
I don't have stallions, however I have two geldings. Gelding my two year old was the best idea of my life. He was turning into a jerk and hated having to be seperated from his friends. Once he was old enough those things were GONE and he was happy and content to run around terrorizing the mares with his "big brother" Blaze.