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post #1 of 6 Old 10-02-2013, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Pushy Gelding

What's some opinions on horses that were gelded late? I have a horse that was gelded late.. He was gelded at 2..He's a great horse but he can be aggressive because sometimes he thinks he's boss. I had someone say it was because he was gelded late. That kinda makes sense to me...? I'm open to your thoughts.
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-02-2013, 07:28 PM
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I used to blame my geldings attitude on being gelded slightly late--I now believe it is a behavioral problem.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-02-2013, 07:30 PM
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depends on how late, wether they were used for breeding and primarily, the individual. I bought a 5 year old clysdale stud off the meat buyer that was untouched. He had bred at least one mare and knew he was a stud. After he was gelded at 5.5, you would never know he was ever a stud, in any way. He was pastured with the stallion, with weanlings, mares in season, you name it, and he never thought about breeding or being pushy or aggressive.

On the other hand I have seen pushy, aggressive geldings that were gelded at 10 months.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-02-2013, 07:35 PM
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I don't believe it can be used as an excuse in the first place. If my gelding ever got extremely pushy, he would find himself stuck with one "mean" mom.
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I have a horse that was gelded as 10 year old, before that he was a breeding stallion. Was he ever pushy? No, he had to behave as a stallion and continue on as a gelding. He lives with his gelded son and he is not the boss in that pairing, his kid is. No horse in the world should ever be a boss over it's handler/owner, ever, you are asking for trouble.

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I don't agree that late gelding causes bad behavior. Some horses are have more dominant personalities then others, and you have to be extra vigilant in being their leader. Once they are gelded their testosterone levels drop, they don't have lingering affects of their testosterone. If they have been allowed to be aggressive, pushy and disrespectful as youngsters then they will still be pushy and disrespectful once gelded. It is all in the training and you cannot make excuses for bad behavior you need to be a leader and fix it.

My gelding was gelded as a 4 year old, when I got him he acted like a breeding stallion and his hormone levels were through the roof. The vet cut him open removed testicular tissue on the left side. Four months later his testosterone was still high, and he was still acting studdy, aggressive, pushy and I could not turn my back on him. I chose not to do another surgery and decided the best course of action would be put on my big girl pants and be a leader. I instilled a zero tolerance for disrespect policy, and work him six days a week. He is now a gentleman, I can ride him with mares no problem, and I am competing on him with hundreds of other horses around and no one would know he what he is. The only thing I cannot do is turn him out with mares, all heck breaks loose, he has climbed a fence to get in with the mares once, but we fixed the situation hot wire is great stuff. But when he is with me he is great but I don't put up with any disrespect and all it takes is a look from me and he says yes mam.

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