08-26-2009, 07:14 AM
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Quite a few years back I bought a 3 year old "gelding". Very handsome horse, smart, and took to training very easily. After a few months we went trail riding and each time a mare went by him he would get very studish and once or twice (he had taken me quite by surprise) he would lunge at the mare and try to bite her in the wither area.
I suspected a problem and had the vet out to draw blood. Sure enough, after a through exam and a blood analysis, we concluded that he was a cryptorchid. When he was gelded, one of his testicles had not drooped so it wasn't removed. In actuality, he was still a stallion.
Your problem horse is 18. That is a long time for a horse to go undetected as a cryptorchid unless his past owners were unaware and just considered him to be an unruly horse. In any case I certainly would not want any horse of mine to be within range of him and you are right that an electric fence will not be adequate in keeping him separated.