Originally Posted by Diamonte
How will the Vet Geld him if he won't let us near him, I have spoken to a trainer that wants to come evaluate him in the warmer weather. What is the average cost of Gelding?
Usually around my part of the country, the vets have people and methods to safely corral and catch horses that are problems. For example, a friend of mine used a round pen panel to create a triangle in a corner of the corral, and was able to swing the panel against the horse like a squeeze chute. With your guy, the person on the end of the panel is at risk if the stallion decides to kick; the person in front is at risk if he decides to rear. If there's anyone who has been able to handle the stallion in the past (e.g. Your uncle?) maybe the best thing is for him to be present to catch, halter, and tie the stallion so that the vet can safely approach.
Gelding fees around here are around $250. For a mature stallion, the price will possibly be higher because the "equipment" is already developed and it is a more serious surgery with potential for bleeding and infection. You should discuss this carefully with the vet because you will need to be able to care for him after the surgery. He will need some exercise but not too much; he will need to be hosed and you will need to be able to check for excessive bleeding, swelling, and infection. With my colt, it was nice to be able to look underneath there while he was standing still. You can't count on being able to do that now without getting your skull kicked in. If he's not letting you near him now, it's not reasonable to expect that he's going to be gentler after surgery. (It will take months for the hormones to settle down and this is a behavior issue, not just a hormone issue.)
Is the trainer waiting for spring, or just for temps to get above 0? The training isn't something that can wait until spring unless you are okay with leaving him alone and untouched until then...