Looking to buy a new horse- should I even think about a stallion?
Hey there, hope this is the right place to ask- I currently live in a country where it is not as common to geld male horses- they are out there but all of the best looking prospects seem to be stallions. Back in the states I would have never DREAMED of getting a stallion, and honestly, you just didnt seem them that often. I am ok getting a mare too but my main question is: if I find a good stallion is it worth purchasing him and getting him gelded? Will it calm his personality much? And after what age does it not really matter much?
I've been told that general personality traits both on the ground and under saddle will not change much with gelding, but 'hotness' or uncontrollable behavior around mares will calm with it. Experience? I am an experienced rider but I do want something safe- is there such thing as a calm, predictable stallion?
Thanks in advance!
Normally with things such as this I would say that if you have to ask the question, then the answer is probably no. However, if your gelding options are really THAT slim in your country then it may be worth considering.
As far as how much gelding will affect a horse's personality, I can't help you there
If you geld a well trained, well mannered stallion with a good temperament, he shoild be a great prospective riding horse.
I gelded my stallion (who met all of the above requirements) at six years old so that I could let a couple of my 4-H riders compete on him, and he's been an amazing gelding. It wasn't a big transition though because he wasn't very studdy...it just made his use allowable by people under 18 years... And I felt like I could let my guard down a little more because that drive to breed was gone.
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A great stallion will make a better gelding:wink:
Thanks for constructive feedback Reuben and GoldenGirl- I'm not an idiot it is just that the prospect of buying a stallion has been a total non issue until this move- its still not my number one choice but since I'm looking at a few this weekend I thought I'd get some general feedback. And for the record I'd never leave it a stallion, gelding would be a first priority.
Hi Pixitrix. I don't wish to be nosy but what country are you in?
Seriously, and now I have more time, I totally would not buy a stallion as a general riding horse, because even the best trained ones means that you have to be ever alert to what other people are doing.
As I say though if a horse is a calm stallion, he will be an awesome gelding, just takes away the conflicts from his body.:wink:
Since you plan to geld, I would absolutely look at a stallion. I would still make a good personality a priority as there's no guarantee that will change when he looses his baby-makers.
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I bought a 3yo stallion and gelding him was the best thing I did for the both of us.
I am not a breeder, at all. Are you by any chance in Italy/Spain? Italians, as far as I am aware, do not believe in gelding the horse, as they think it takes away something 'extra'... yep.. testosterone!!
If you plan to geld, then do. Look for a younger stallion, or one who is laid back. A late gelded stallion who has all the naughty mannerisms will be a very long road for you. I have seen it happen a few times, and a lot of experienced riders give up.
They do not geld many horses in Mexico either.
if you find a well behaved stallion one that is well trained an you are an experienced horseman then I see no issues owning a stallion.
I ride mine every where and use minimal precautions to ensure he and I are safe.
There is no comparison between riding a gelding and a stallion.
Geldings I now find boring. I like the extra spirit and confidence a stallion has. Of course that may change as I get older. LOL Then I will ride only mares.
I have owned two geldings that were stallions until after 5 years old.
Both never stopped fully acting as if they were still intact. They did not act studdish as much but retained certain traits.
Good luck with the new horse . Shalom
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