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    02-24-2012, 10:41 AM
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Quick Question: To Geld, or Not to Geld?

I have recently rescued a 4 year old clydesdale stallion. He is Beautiful, well put together, 18hh, is very gentle and laid back(he loves food and the obnoxious mini can boss him around!), the only problem is he is not halter broke. He was left totally unhandled, with the exception of them attempting to turn him into a saddle bronc, which he was apparently not successful at. He is very wary and fearful of people. I'm working regularly with him to get him used to people and eventually halter broke, but with his bad experiences with being ridden, I don't know if he would ever be comfortable as a saddle horse. I purchased him as a rescue project, I would like to rehome him when he's ready. So now for the question, I'm typically an advocate of geld everything, unless the disposition is incredible, conformation is perfect, breeding is spectacular, and performance is well proven in the chosen disapline.

However, with this guy I worry that a gelding with fear issues has less chance of getting a loving, long term home than a stallion would? You would never know he was a stallion by the way he acts. What do you think?


     
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    02-24-2012, 10:43 AM
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Green Broke
I don't think that any home that would take him as a stallion but not a gelding would be a home I would place him in, so it's a moot point for me. Having fear issues is not reason to leave him in tact - in fact it is more the reason, imo, to geld so that he does not end up being bought purely for his ability to breed anything they throw under him.
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    02-24-2012, 10:50 AM
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Weanling
I agree, unless you found someone who wanted to put him into a nice breeding program(not a crazy backyard breeder type) and was willing to take good proper care of him I would get him gelded. I would assume that there were more people out there willing to take on a gelding with fear issues than a stallion with fear issues. Stallions are kind of a pain, especially to someone who would have to board him as many boarding stables do not accept stallions. I hope this is helpful!
     
    02-24-2012, 10:55 AM
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Trained
Geld him, yesterday, no question, because a stallion with issues has zero percent chance of ending up in a good home.
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    02-24-2012, 10:56 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Jumper12    
I agree, unless you found someone who wanted to put him into a nice breeding program(not a crazy backyard breeder type) and was willing to take good proper care of him I would get him gelded. I would assume that there were more people out there willing to take on a gelding with fear issues than a stallion with fear issues. Stallions are kind of a pain, especially to someone who would have to board him as many boarding stables do not accept stallions. I hope this is helpful!
I agree with this. If you're going to rehome him, geld him.
     
    02-24-2012, 11:06 AM
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Showing
I would have him cut. A stallion with those issues is going to me much harder (if not impossible) to rehome.

He is a lovely boy though, his face markings are stunning!
     
    02-24-2012, 11:10 AM
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Started
Thanks for the replies, I'm going to wait untill he is more comfortable with people, so I can handle him in the case of post operation complications, then he will be gelded, likely late spring, before the bugs really come out.
     
    02-24-2012, 11:12 AM
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Ink
Weanling
He certainly is a handsome boy! But I agree with the others. I think he would be better off as a gelding.
     
    02-24-2012, 11:18 AM
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Started
He may have had some bad experiences undersaddle, but what about driving? He could have potential to be used in a team if you aren't comfortable trying to break him to ride. Just a thought. Glad you took this handsome boy and will be teaching him to trust.
     
    02-24-2012, 11:54 AM
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Foal
How many people do you know who own geldings? Now how many own stallions? That should answer the question. He will be a happier horse with a better life as a gelding, it's just the way it works. He can be turned out with buddies, can go to local shows with his new owner someday (most local shows don't allow stallions), etc.... also if he doesn't have papers there is pretty much a zero percent chance of someone reputable using him for breeding. And if he's not being bred, why keep him a stud?
     

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