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post #11 of 13 Old 05-07-2016, 02:59 PM
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I would geld him, he looks like he will a fantastic gelding, and will have a happy useful life as such, nothing there to scream quality, or wait, for all the reasons addressed above, but for me especially his back legs.
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post #12 of 13 Old 05-08-2016, 12:06 AM
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He has neither the conformation nor the breeding, to be kept a stud
There should be proven blood, top and bottom, in the direct dam and sire, or no further back then the second generation, at most
The horse then should prove himself, it whatever discipline he is bred for, before ever considering him to be worthy of passing on his genetics.
Today, with transported semen, anyone with a good mare can have asses to great stallions, standing a great distance from them.
He is a nice horse, but not stallion material
It takes a good stud to make a great gelding!
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-08-2016, 11:38 PM
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I would answer your question with a question. Why do you even want or need a stallion?

If you are looking for a show prospect, then what event or events do you want a horse to excel in. If you are looking for an performance horse, then you need a horse that comes from exceptionally successful horses that have been shown in that event.

If you want a simple saddle horse or recreational saddle horse, you need to have enough unrelated mares to justify having your own stallion to breed them to. If this is the case, does he have better conformation than all of those mares? Do you have a proven market for the foals produced?

You need a good reason to own this horse as a stallion. He must have outstanding breeding, conformation and ability if you want anyone else to breed to him. It is doubtful that this horse will attract any outside mares that are going to raise a good foal. Otherwise, you just have a horse. Nothing special. Just a horse with testicles. Most stallions would be worth more and would be more marketable as geldings. This is why we geld everything we raise. If anyone wants a stallion prospect out of any mare we have, they need to buy them as babies. Dozens of times we have had people ask us why did we geld some certain horse? It is simple. We sell geldings and can sell every one we raise. It takes a good stallion to make a good gelding.

So, what kind of horses are you raising? What kind of market do you have for selling them? How would this horse fit into that plan?
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