Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southeast PA, USA
I just wanted to throw out there my opinion real quick. Everyone seems to be under the impression that quiet and well-mannered stallions are few and far between, when in fact, in my experience, that is not generally the case. Most studs I have met have acted very much like geldings. I'm not saying they're just as safe, stallions are much more complicated than geldings, but with correct handling and training most stallions have the potential to be reasonably safe, sane horses. So please, enough with the acting like stallions are demons straight out of hell.
On the other hand, OP, regardless of how well mannered this stallion is, if you don't plan on breeding him, I would have him gelded because, as I stated, stallions are much more complicated than geldings and do require special handling regardless of how well mannered they are. I have heard that with current medical technology, late gelding is mostly safe unless the horse has other medical conditions that could cause issue. So just talk to your vet about it, if he acts like a gelding now, then chances are he will remain just a sweet after gelding, and you will no longer have to worry about the problems that come along with owning a stallion. I wouldn't let the fact that he needs to be gelded sway you if you really think he is the right horse for you. Good luck with your decision!
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