Gelding acting "stud-like"

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    01-02-2012, 08:29 PM
Gelding acting "stud-like"

I recently began leasing a new horse. I've been riding him for about 10 days and he has been great. He's a gentleman on the ground listens when I'm in the saddle. Today, I tied him close to another gelding as we were tacking up. He was noisy and skittish (some pawing and a high head). When we returned, we tied them back up and he did the same thing to another gelding. This time, he reared up a bit and was acting up very rudely to this 25 year old gelding. The owner said that he was acting like a stud.

Also, a mare was outside the turn-out area and he ran over to smell her and lost all interest in me. The owner said her mare was in heat. I have a feeling that he was gelded pretty late (he's 8 now).

Is this something that time helps take care of or is there something I could do to work on it?
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    01-02-2012, 08:35 PM
My horse was like this but he was 18 and we had the vet check adn see if he was gelded or if they left one... and he checked out fine but we belive that after being with a mare for 10 years he got it into him that he was a stud...

Maybe have the owner have a vet check it all out.
    01-02-2012, 08:47 PM
I think you're right that he may have been gelded late. He must have been bred a few times...Or like HarleyWood said, the vet that gelded him may not have got everything.
    01-02-2012, 10:16 PM
Is there anything that I can do to help his manners with other geldings? Someone at the barn suggested socializing him. The lady that I lease him from has had him for about 2 months. When she got him he was skinny and needed feet work. He's looking good now, but there is not much history on him. I don't even know if he was kept with horses before. Maybe he doesn't know he's gelded yet! I'm pretty sure none of the other boarders will want to lend me their mare to test that theory. ;)
    01-02-2012, 11:10 PM
If you turned him out with any horses, definitely turn him out with geldings; NOT MARES.
    01-02-2012, 11:32 PM
Lots of geldings are like this, even if they aren't gelded late. Removing the testicles does not remove all of the testosterone, he can still be interested just unable to do anything about it.

If you want to know if he was gelded late, look at his sheath and compare the size to other geldings vs. stallions. Usually if gelded past the age of 2, they will have a larger and fully developed sheath. Geldings will have a small sheath if they were gelded before 1 year of age, or before their testosterone starts kicking in. I have a feeling your gelding is exerting dominant behavior around a mare in heat, and that he's probably a dominant gelding anyway. Either way, don't let him get away with that stuff while he's haltered and working. Well behaved stallions can trail ride with mares in heat, there is no excuse for how he is acting.
    01-03-2012, 12:29 AM
Yes his sheath is more developed than the other geldings around the place. Thanks to you, now I know why!
I hollered at him to knock it off when he was behaving that way. He did stop, but he gave me challenging "high head" look. I think you are right about the dominant behavior. I've seen his interactions with horses in the stalls next to him and he seems to be dominant. What should I do when he acts that way when haltered? Turn him in a tight circle? Back him up? Holler? He's been such a gentle giant with me that I was kind of surprised and wasn't quite sure what to do. Thanks for everyone's imput!
    01-03-2012, 12:43 AM
No one left "one", doesn't matter if he was gelded late, he just got lots of testosterone and gelding him didn't remove all of his. I has an older Arab gelding that acted like this to geldings if they got near his "mares" and he was gelded at 9 months old. I have a former breeding stallion that could careless if a mare stopped right in front of him & winked & peed, he was gelded at age 12. With the arab, we just had to make sure if we kept him with other geldings, there was no mares around and vice versa.
    01-03-2012, 06:02 PM
Do you think that he may have just felt uncomfortable being tied next to horses that he didn't know? Tomorrow makes 2 weeks since I first met him and I have no idea what his past was like, where he was from, etc. Every thing we do with him is a learning experience. He's been the most gentle horse I've led so far. Not that I've led many (probably 10). His ground manners have been impeccable, with exception to being tied next to these horses. Up to this point he is tied alone.
    01-04-2012, 12:42 AM
He guards his space, be careful he's not in kicking range of other horses. Correct this behavior as he is tied up and under your control. On his own in the pasture or paddock, it's on his own time, so keep other horses away.

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