12-11-2011, 03:10 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.