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    06-23-2009, 04:39 PM
Buying a yearling???

Hey guys! I need some help! I am really interested in buying an appy stallion who is about 2 years 2 months. He seems like an incredible baby and I am really hoping to be able to do the work myself to train him.
1) when do you geld them?
2) I have an older mare who has had 2 in her younger years. Her previous owner, who foaled the 2nd filly, said that she wasn't the best mother. She tended to get grumpy with her and stuff. Pretty much all horses she is with now never make her cranky and she is great with them. I am wondering if she might be rude to the appy or if she would be fine since its not her own. My personal opinion is that it was because the first colt she had was taken away from her at a VERY young age, and so she became bitter toward foals. But I have no clue how she would react to having another with her.

Thanks so much for all your help!
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    06-23-2009, 04:51 PM
Umm if you put them in the same paddock he'll breed her.. and if he was my colt he would already be gelded generally people geld them between 6 and 12 months...
    06-23-2009, 06:10 PM
Yep, if you get him, then have him gelded immediately. Don't put him in the paddock with her before he is gelded. I am reading this correctly, right? He is a little over 2 years old? Or is he a yearling? Your mare will probably pick on him for a bit just to establish his place in the pecking order but it shouldn't be too serious. Do you have the experience to train a young horse by yourself? If not, I seriously suggest that you work with a trainer to get it done.
    06-23-2009, 07:47 PM
Unless you have really good pens/paddocks what ever you want to call them have him gelded before you bring him home and keep them seperate for some time after wards as he will still have sperm for awhile this also gives them time to get to know each other at a distance
    06-23-2009, 08:12 PM
I've had both babies and adult horses, my preference is buying as weanlings and doing all the work myself you also have a good 2-3 yrs spent with that horse to know each other, habits etc. before any hard training takes place ie: riding. I would do like everyone else suggests get him gelded immediately & keep him away from your mare for awhile or he will possibly breed her.
    06-24-2009, 02:55 AM
Agreed with the above posters. But also, go slow when introducing them. After he's been gelded for awhile, if they can share a fenceline, they can get to know each other before being thrown in together, and it will be much easier on both of them to get along.

I highly doubt the mare's foal being taken away caused her issues. Many foals are weaned at 4 months with no problems. It's likely just her. Some horses just don't do so well with motherhood. And that really doesn't say much to how she'll be with other horses. She may like some, and not like others. It's all an individual thing.
    07-09-2009, 08:55 PM
Thanks everyone for your help! How much does gelding generally cost? I have had a little experience with training yearlings, but I am probably going to get help.
    07-09-2009, 11:08 PM
It really depends on the vet and your area. My local vet here will geld a yearling for around $100. The older they are, the more expensive it is (here anyway).
    07-10-2009, 05:56 AM
And here it's closer to $250. Yup, depends on where you, call your vet to find out.

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