recently gelded 8 yr old.
Long story very short so as not to bore you.
We need another horse like we need another hole in my head.
My wife grew up in town, but had an Aunt who had horses. This is where my wifes love for horses came from. She would spend weekends with the Aunt and now we have 6 horses, and my wife barrel races, and horses are her life.
5 years ago the Aunt passed away and the Aunts BF at the time got the Stallion she had. Long story short he had the horse gelded in March and can no longer keep him. Knowing my wife's history with the Aunt, he gave him to us.
Wife is thrilled. Horse is broke...but not dead broke. I would call him green broke. He is thin, but not horrible thin...just will need some a little extra to get where he should be.
The only problem that I am worried about is how he acts with other horses. He was a Stud for 8 years...although he did not do alot of breeding...and has pretty much always been alone.
Last night we put him in with our 6 in a large dry lot with a round bale. It was very different than introducing the typical Gelding. He screamed and stopped and everything like a Stud. He did not try to mount, even though we have one mare who is in season. He just kind of claimed her as his own, and the two of them have been very tight. The others are all being held off the round bale and kept separate.
I figure in time he will either establish himself as the new heard leader, or get knocked down a peg or two by one of the other older Geldings, or the Old Mare. Either way, they will settle in I would think in a couple of days.
The real question I have is out on the trail. Wife wants to make him a barrel racer. Has anyone delt with this before? A horse that was gelded late? Does it take them long to settle down into a typical gelding. Will they ever settle down that much? I just don't want to go on a trail ride and have him stomp and squeal etc in public...hahaha. Is there anything else I need to be aware of that you can think of?