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post #11 of 34 Old 05-18-2013, 02:05 PM
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I would geld him, I can't see the point in keeping a stallion around if you don't intend breeding, it is just unfair to your boy.

I had a breeding stallion here, he was the nicest natured horse, always good to handle, but just a real PITA to have on the place, always had to remember where he was, and plan turn outs around him.

I didn't ride him out in company, but I could imagine that rotten situations arise like Left Hand found, nothing at all to do with your stallion, but there are more idiots in the world sadly.
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post #12 of 34 Old 05-18-2013, 02:25 PM
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I think having a stallion for everyday riding isn't at all bad- any stallion worthy of his... jewels.. should be able to be ridden/worked everyday around other horses with absolutely no problems whatsoever.

This is assuming the rider is competent as well, as you do have to pay alot more attention (mostly because of other people) when you have a stud.

The only thing I would say (assuming your horse is very well minded and very well mannered, which I assume since you are even considering in the slightest bit allowing him to keep his jewels) is that some places just don't allow studs because of the risk. Around here, if want to go for a ride in a nice area- most of the best areas for a nice ride are off limits to studs.

I don't think at this point in his life (with his age) his demeanor would change any, but if I wasn't planning on breeding him- I would geld him if I were you. Then you also don't have the risk of accidental breedings where you may possibly be liable for vet cost is he got out one day and bred a mare whose owner didn't really want to be bred. You could also take him where ever you wanted without having to worry about if studs were allowed or not- and you might even be able to RELAX a bit when you are out in the open with other horses.

The cost of gelding vs. the risk of owning a stallion you are not surely intent on breeding, to me, is a no brainer decision. "A good stallion makes a great gelding" as they say.

I've met really awesome studs, and really terrible studs (personality wise). Just like I've met really awesome mares/geldings and really... err... there's-a-possibility-of-death-just-by-looking-at-them.. types, too. But, I wouldn't keep a stallion a stallion just for the sake of a stallion... way too high maintenance for me!
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post #13 of 34 Old 05-18-2013, 02:44 PM
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you are putting yourself at greater liability if something were to happen.
I would geld him. You are not breeding him, if he is not improving the breed and you want to trail ride , you should geld him. not just for your safety but for safety of others. he may be perfectly safe, but then again, nature is nature and some day he may come across a mare that just lights his fire, so to speak.
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post #14 of 34 Old 05-18-2013, 08:02 PM
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OP- whats your studs breed?

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post #15 of 34 Old 05-19-2013, 11:32 AM
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At 13 something to discuss with your vet would be any additional risks to gelding him at this point in his life. The more developed the testicles are the greater risk of bleeding complications and other risks... So there can be other considerations to gelding or not at older ages. (When I say talk to your vet, have them do an exam to make sure you are getting the likely risks for YOUR horse... Many mature stallions have been gelded at older ages without difficulty, but from what I understand it can be a case by case thing and some mature stallions just don't make good candidates)

Aside from that, most of the world's best stallions of any breed are ridden and shown successfully on a daily basis... They do require their handlers and riders to be on the ball and know how to watch for warning signs that the stallion is losing focus - you don't want to constantly "nag" at them, but you also don't want them to forget about your being there.
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post #16 of 34 Old 05-19-2013, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by wausuaw View Post
I think having a stallion for everyday riding isn't at all bad- any stallion worthy of his... jewels.. should be able to be ridden/worked everyday around other horses with absolutely no problems whatsoever.

This is a very good point, I believe any stallion that is worthy of his jewels should be ridden and worked and not kept in a stall all day, and not isolated away from other horses.
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He is a registered Black and White paint. Thank you for the good points made in gelding him... I am worried some about the liability of having a stallion and riding with other people. ( and I know all to well how most of the time it is the other people you ride with that you have to watch out). Although I do ride by myself a lot of the time. I have talked to my vet about gelding him, ( and if it would change his personality) and he highly recommended gelding him if I am done breeding... He said if he is a calm well behaved Stud he would be a calm well behaved gelding...
Anyway I am going to wait until the end of June to decided if I will geld him or not...I still have a few ads running to try and sell him.
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post #18 of 34 Old 05-20-2013, 12:12 AM
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i think its ur personal choice whether to keep him a stallion, if he works for you being a stallion then why not...

some people like the personality of stallions..even if gelding him at 13 he may still have stud behaviour for lil while afterwards.

ive seen geldings act like bigger buttheads then some stallions

if he works for you as a stallion great...just be aware if u show and mares are around...i dont even know if shows will accept a stallion in them who knows
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At 13 I doubt his behavior is going to change much if you gelded him.
i ride my stallion everyday and around other horses. I do not however ride close to another horse and make sure I keep my distance. mares tend to be a lot more attuned to the fact a stallion is around than he is about the mares.
If i ever stopped using Star for breeding I would never geld him.
At 17 he isnt likely to change and I enjoy the extra spark a stallion has.
There is a gelding here that I was given for free. He was a stallion for at least the first 5 years of his life. He is now 14. He acts and looks like a stallion.
he does run in a mixed herd but he keeps the other geldings at bay when the 2 mares in his pasture are in heat and is very protective of the yearling filly.
Stallions are great horses if you know how to handle them. Shalom
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post #20 of 34 Old 05-20-2013, 06:37 PM
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The only problem would be organized trail rides - most will not allow stallions which is a pain.
Non-breeding stallions should be gelded just for their peace of mind. It'd be like locking a guy in a room full of naked ladies with a shield around his you know what - not fair.

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