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        05-26-2013, 01:50 PM
    In fact, testosterone is never totally gone from the horse. Testosterone is also produced in the adrenal glands as well. has lots of good info
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        05-26-2013, 10:22 PM
    Well something interesting happened today. My (slightly crazy these days) grandpa let the two geldings into the pasture next to the stud. I went down this evening to feed and couldn't find the geldings. When I finally did I have to say I was surprised to find them next to Chorro. BUT there was no fighting. He didn't seem to care much about them. There were mares in sight but on the opposite side of the stud pasture. So I guess he wasn't to worried because he was between the geldings and the mares. However, it doesn't look like he's aggressive or a fighter.

    Testosterone high or low I'll be keeping a close eye on him. The last thing I want is injured horses. I'll update with how things go after the big snip in a couple of weeks.
        05-27-2013, 12:07 AM
    Sounds like he will be fine. Some stallions are, some are not. Watch him close for a while. Exercise is good for him after gelding but a whole lot of hard running and bucking could cause a problem.
        05-27-2013, 04:45 PM
    In the past we've just walked our newly gelded horses on a lead for 10 min or so a couple of times a day. I am hoping to be able to do the same with him. Right now we've moved the geldings to a pasture next to the stud but with a 10' "no mans land" between them. Hopefully just seeing and getting used to their presence will help him adjust to being with them after being gelded. He also seems to really enjoy the company as he spends a lot of time on that side of the pasture rather than the other side staring at the mares across the way.
        05-27-2013, 05:30 PM
    Originally Posted by 6gun Kid    
    In fact, testosterone is never totally gone from the horse. Testosterone is also produced in the adrenal glands as well.
    : ) Explains why those geldings are still "guys" doesn't it!

    This is such an interesting thread. I don't and never plan to have a stallion but this is fascinating nevertheless.

    OP...I hope this guys turns out to be a pleasure for you. He will be happy to have friends, I'm sure.
        06-08-2013, 05:22 PM
    So this stud was recently injured (see post about t-post skewer for details) and I've been using that injury as a head start for some ground work. Chorro is feeling kinda down on his luck so he's pretty docile and I'm using that to my advantage. The vet cleared us for exercise everyday and today was our first day in the round pen. I had him walk 20 times in each direction today and it went really well. He can see some mares from the round pen but he didn't act up even with them calling him. He did try to cut through the middle a couple of times but I pushed him back out and he did as I asked. I feel pretty good now about gelding him and having him be decent. After working with him for the last week he has never shown aggression at me or the other horses. Granted he has been a little sore but he feels good enough to trot up and down his run so he can't be hurting that bad anymore. He goes in to be gelded in 6 days and I think I'm going to do a "member blog" on here about him/me and our progress. With pictures of course!

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