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    12-06-2011, 07:21 PM

Thanks for your comments, I was feeling really down thinking I might have made a mistake buying him. I have a little hope now that he will turn out. I know that I will do my best w/ him and hope that he settles down. I will give my vet a call and see about how long he thinks it will take to heal.

I was wanting to show him a little in local pleasure classes. I hope I am able to.
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    12-06-2011, 09:47 PM
Until he is over his little tricks, I'd highly suggest keeping him by himself. The other horses might not kill him, but could. Or he could do some damage to them. Then, if he's with the other horses, he would most likely attach and get very buddy sour. That's another issue you don't want to deal with. I'd either start working his tail off by yourself, now, or get him to a trainer to do it. Fix it now, the longer it goes on the worse it can become. Most of these horses require training to fix, very few get fixed with time only. He'll most likely turn out just fine, just needs some mannering.

I word of caution if you decide to do this yourself, DO NOT peck on him when you correct him. Do it once, very hard, and let it go, Don't stay after him. And do it within 3 seconds of the occurrence, any longer and he will not know why you are after him, and you'll make it worse.
    12-06-2011, 10:08 PM
Thank you for the info. I have been checking wiith friends to find a good trainer that will be willing to work with me and the horse. Hopefully, I will be able to get an handle on the problem and be able to feel safe and comfortable when I ride my new horse and put him with other horses.
    12-11-2011, 04:10 PM
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We have castrated a lot of older stallions -- probably 20 or more of them. One was 20, one was 9, and most of the other were 4 to 9. Oddly enough, the 9 and the 20 year old never had a studly moment after a few weeks. One of the 4 year olds (that had never bred a mare) never got nice to other horses in the pasture but, because he had been very well-mannered as a stallion, he was never a problem to ride. After putting a really good young gelding over a fence, we sold him to someone that had no problem keeping him put up by himself. He was a really good ranch doctoring horse and a pretty good competitive heading horse, so he was worth it.

Long story shot -- This was probably not a great prospect for a novice trainer / rider. This horse may get 100% over being a stallion that long and he may not. But, one thing I know for sure, he needs to be mannered by an experienced stallion handler and he needs to have good stallion manners instilled in him.

We have had many breeding stallions that could be ridden in any company anywhere and never do so much as look at the horse next to them. They never squealed or nickered at a mare in heat. [Husband took one of our ranch studs to a branding once. He tied him up to the fence with a bridle rein for the lunch break, well away from other horses there. When he came back after lunch, there were horses tied on each side of him and he was standing with his head down and a hind leg resting. No one even noticed he was a stud and he knew better than to act like one.]

Those are the kind of manners your horse needs to have. Then, you need to know how to keep him that well mannered.

Whether a horse is healed or not has nothing to do with turning him out with other horses. We always turn our freshly cut ones out with mature geldings while they are still sore -- usually 2 or 3 days after castration. DO NOT turn him out in mixed company. He will gather up the mares and play 'herd sire' with them and it will take him a lot longer to give up herd sire behavior. I have never let these older cut geldings run with mares and sure would not put them in mixed company.
    12-23-2011, 02:26 PM

Seems like he still has testosterone in his system. Being newly gelded, he will behave studish until all of the testosterone is out of his system. He is naturally going to try to learn his new herd and dominate. He's been a stud for a while and will probably keep his "big guy in the barn attitude" but once his hormones balance out he will calm down. As far as turning him out, you need to wait until the vet gives the okay.

One thing that we did in a similar case, was stable the dominate herd member in the stall next to the new horse and let them get to know each other through the wall. A gelding would be preferable until he has calmed down. Of course, there was squealing, kicking and the typical "I'm the boss" and "eewwwwweeee don't sniff me's" but it made the free range turn out a lot smoother. A little pecking order squeals and kicks and they settled right in.

Don't rule him out yet. Ring work, ground work and showing your dominance before letting him in the field will make a huge difference.

Good Luck!
    12-23-2011, 07:16 PM
Update on my new TWH, G-Man. I waited a month leaving him stalled up next to the horses I was going to put him in the pasture with. I also left him in the pasture by himself but could touch noses w/ some of our other horses. He was a gentleman. He has been easy to catch. Soon as he sees me he runs straight to the gait. He has been very easy to handle.

So I am going to try to put him with another horse tomorrow. My game plan is to put him in the field for awhile and let him get some of his energy out and then put him with the least domant horse. They have been touching noses across the stall from each other. Neither one has been putting their ears back . So I hope it will go smooth tomorrow.
    12-23-2011, 09:59 PM
He should be starting to run out of testosterone now. It usually takes around three months. Another thing is that he needs to realize that he is not able to breed any more. I have a horse that had bred several mares before being gelded. I put him in with a few mares. He tried to breed them, but soon lost interest because he found out that it was no fun anymore. It sounds like you are putting him out with the others, so you should be on the right road.
    12-24-2011, 06:22 PM
It sounds like you're doing well at riding him on. Sometimes the hormones he produced when 'entire' will remain in his system for some time after being gelded. I think once settled you'll have no problem with him by the sound of your post so far :) x
    12-24-2011, 06:31 PM
Thank you GEEGEE Gem ,

I had him out today with one of the horses he did okay. A lot of playing, running, kicking up and rearing up on each other but nothing major.

I only let them do it for about an hour then I took him out of the field. He was starting to work up a sweet and the temp. Is going to be below freezing tonight so I wanted to dry him out before the sun went in and the temp. Started dropping.
    12-24-2011, 09:29 PM
Is the horse you are talking about the one in your Avatar picture?
He really is pretty.

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