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post #1 of 43 Old 05-25-2012, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Here are my options, help please! :(

Okay everyone, some of you may have been keeping up with my posts but got those of you who don't I'll give some details.

I have a 12 month old colt, who was both here. I have handled him like crazy, trying my best to be sure he turns out to be a good horse. I had wanted him to be an all around horse, jumping, roping, barrels, trails.

He is kept at my house, but we rent and are now moving into an apartment. My original plan was to keeo him at my boyfriend's, then I started thinking about the fact that he is ungelded. So far he's shown no intrest in the ladies, but it's possible. (I'll specify, he HAS NOT DROPPED YET) I thought keeping him with their cattle, but his Dad does not want to for some reason.

I made the decision that I think I should sell him. Which I don't want to do. I wanted 400, a friend of mine offered 200. I told her I would think about it. I didn't want to geld him now, but I may have to.

So it's:

Sell
Geld in the middle of summer
Or...? I don't know.

But I'm moving is 6 days and something needs to be done...
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post #2 of 43 Old 05-25-2012, 07:09 PM
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I don't think you should sell him. I think if you're that concerned, just go ahead and geld him. You bought him as a colt and it would be unfair to sell him now because he is that.

The cost of gelding him will be a very tiny investment for owning a nice gelding for the rest of his life.
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post #3 of 43 Old 05-25-2012, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't buy him, I bought his momma and got a surprise lol. He is very special to me.

Do you have any idea what the average cost would be to geld him? I live in Texas.

I need to get the money myself... I'm not sure how in 6 days... I'll do what I can. I really do want to keep him.
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post #4 of 43 Old 05-25-2012, 07:28 PM
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Well if you're considering selling him rather than gelding him he's probably not that special to you, or you wouldn't be considering that.

If you want to sell him just sell him to your friend. Really a $200 loss is pretty good (I think) and $200 in the horse world is not much at all. If you want a good quick sale I think that's the option to go with, and I definitely wouldn't pass it up for $200. I always attempt to bargain horse prices down (and I think most people inflate because of this) and generally I have saved more than $200.

If you like him a lot have him gelded. Unless I planned to use a horse for breeding, I'd have my male horses gelded, even if I were going to sell them on.
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post #5 of 43 Old 05-25-2012, 07:33 PM
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Oh then I definitely wouldn't sell him. Even though Saskia is right. $200 isn't bad for a foal. Still a bit of a deal, though.

I know here in College Station you can actually get on A&M's list and the students geld studs for like $60 twice a year. I think that's what I'll do with my stud colt.
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post #6 of 43 Old 05-25-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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I don't WANT to sell him Saskia... But it's kinda like, me keeping him will be a burden on OTHER people, I'm just considerate of my boyfriend's dad and would hate to cause an inconvenience to him.

Although it would only be until January at the latest.

I have decided he could see it as a trade, because I am training his mare for free. I think I'm going to see what I can do about gelding him.

And ThirteenAcres, I live in Abilene. If I lived in CS I wouldn't have this issue because a member on the forum is actually offering free boarding lol. Darn, I wish I lived closer.

When you take a colt to to vet to be gelded, can you take them home the same day?
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I know! It is me offering free board. Haha!

And yes, you can take him home same day. The vet would tell you how to do aftercare.
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post #8 of 43 Old 05-25-2012, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, duur... Rofl. I feel sillly, I sure wish you were closer! And okay, would it be too stressful to.. Take him from my house, stop by the vets, geld him, then take him to boyfriend's? Or would it be too stressful to get gelded and put in a new place the same day?
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LovesmyDunnboy you already know how I feel about it. I want you to keep him :)

I think it wouldn't be stressful at all. We had a recently gelded gelding moved witin a couple days to our barn and he was too focused on exercising to keep the swelling 'down there' down so it didn't stress him out at all.

I personally would not accept $200 for a well handled colt. If I were in your shoes.. nooo way!

Keeping him with cows isn't the best idea. Especially if they have their horns. Horses like to play and I can't imagine how many injuries he would get. Some horses can do it.. but a colt? I wouldn't.

Geld him, and I think you could avoid selling him

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I didn't buy him, I bought his momma and got a surprise lol. He is very special to me.

Do you have any idea what the average cost would be to geld him? I live in Texas.

I need to get the money myself... I'm not sure how in 6 days... I'll do what I can. I really do want to keep him.
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What sticks in my mind most about your situation is that you do not have the money to geld him. If money is that tight I don't think you should own a horse. There are lots of other expenses with a horse and getting one gelded is a small one in the whole picture.
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