Gelding = attitude change?
Okay, first a little background. My grandfather has a 13 year old OTTB stallion. He was raced but came off the track at 5 with an injury. Then my aunt died, my grandmother got sick and passed away, and Grandpa now has alzheimers. This stallion has lived alone in a stud pasture for the past 7 years. Has never been out. He does get wormed, shots, feet trimmed, plenty of food and fresh water. I have made the decision to have him gelded so he can go out with the geldings this fall. I am sick of him living alone and being an OTTB who hasn't been rode in 7 years doesn't really make him marketable.
We had one colt out of him who was the biggest sweet heart. He never bucked, or blinked for that matter, when saddled for the first time. I am wondering, if somewhere, under all those crazy stallion hormones, is a more gentle horse. This stallion is not mean. He has never bit or kicked. He is just high strung. I am sure a lot of it has to do with he can always see a pasture full of mares but never get to them and has not had interaction with another horse for so long.
Does anyone think that there is a chance he will be rideable at some point? Has anyone gelded a stallion this old and had him calm down enough to be safe to ride around mares? I'm talking about putting a saddle on him next spring maybe. I'd do some round pen and ground work with him this year. I just can't stand to see him out there alone and unused any longer. He deserves better. My Uncle just wants to take him and the 4 brood mares to an auction and sell them by the pound. I think they deserve better.
Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. ~Author Unknown