gelding a 5 year old stallion

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    09-03-2013, 10:40 PM
gelding a 5 year old stallion

I bought a 5 year old buckskin stallion. He is a very good horse, expect today. I had him in the round pen working with him. There was mares in the next field over that had his attention . I was running him around and he keep coming at me with his ears pinned back. He did not like it when I pushed him away from them. I did not let him get away with it, but I was very surprised he's always been so well behaved. He is getting gelded tomorrow should this go away when he is gelded?

This is my first horse my buddy is helping me and has been working with horses his whole life. He said he is a very good stallion and should make a great gelding.
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    09-03-2013, 10:47 PM
I had my horse Drifter gelded at the age of 6 going on 7 as soon as I bought him. His dominant attitude stuck around. He needed a serious come to jesus meeting, but giving him "brain surgery" as my vet likes to call it did indeed help.

So it may or may not help completely with your issues. Gelding or not, this horse needs to know you're boss. I would recommend working with a trainer.
    09-03-2013, 10:57 PM
I boarded a late gelded horse that had been done at age 7. He continued to show stallion traits, mainly if a mare was close to standing heat. He'd been taught to be respectful of humans altho he could get distracted a bit at that time.
    09-03-2013, 10:59 PM
My buddy is a trainer, He made it a point that he did not get away with it. He roped him and tied him to the center post he calmed right down.
    09-03-2013, 11:19 PM
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A lot of the time the habits will still be there, the horse just won't be a driven by hormones. If you have a stallion who bites he will likely be gelding who bites. There will only be a difference in the intensity of his actions. Not sure if I'm explaining it well, but I hope it helps.

Also Kudos to you for gelding that stallion! A lot of men feel bad or like owning a stallion because it makes them feel macho.
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    09-03-2013, 11:34 PM
He never tried to bite just came towards us with his ears pinned but backed off before he got close. The woman that had him did a lot of work with him she died 3 years ago. He hasn't been touched since. Got him sunday and the next day we trimed his feet with no problems. I think that's really good for a horse that hasn't been touched in 3 years.
    09-03-2013, 11:43 PM
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    09-04-2013, 09:33 AM
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I had a stallion that was gelded at 8 yrs. He lost his attraction to mares but was always inclined to be aggressive if you weren't being a leader 100% of the time, you could never turn your back on him or allow him to take charge of any situation
Once he understood the rules he was a super smart horse and did everything asked of him with no argument
If you have any doubts about how experienced or confident you are then you should get help from someone who is - ASAP
    09-04-2013, 09:59 AM
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Sounds like he does have "some" respect. The women that previously owned him probably taught him manners but after so much time in the pasture, he will definitely need a refresh. You did the right thing by not backing down. It would be beneficial to you if you could enlist the help of a trainer or someone that has some experience in ground work. This horse sounds like he's an alpha male and will dominate if he can.

As for the gelding, it should humble him quite a bit. It took a little over a year for one of mine to "get over it" and he is still a jerk in the pasture with the mares. He doesn't mount them and is not dangerous to humans but does herd the mares and screams like an idiot when you take them away.
    09-04-2013, 10:04 AM
The testosterone levels in his body aren't going to disappear over night either. It will take a few months, actually. So he still might act stud-y for a little while- gotta be on your A game. Good luck, he's a cool looking guy.
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