Im in the thought process of possibly gelding my 21 year old Stallion. He has several babies and of course likes everything with 4 legs... I love going trail riding with him but when we are around other horses it seems to be hard on his brain to concentrate. Hes not hard to handle but it takes forever for him to settle down (couple of hours). If I was to geld him, would he settle down quicker when out riding with others or is this behavior not going to change because he has been a breeding stallion (< 20 babies) When we ride by ourselfs hes a dream, but I would also like to go riding with others too. (I could take another horse but I love riding him the best!) Anyone with any information on gelding older stallions is appreciated!
Stallion-like behaviour, although hormonally driven is also a learned response, so when gelding an older stallion one needs to be aware that although it may reduce the unwanted behaviour, it may not eliminate it. There are going to be individual stallion variations in the changes seen - in some it may be significant, in others not.
It is also important to be aware that gelding an older stallion carries more risk for the stallion as a result of a greater chance of hemorrhage. Typically, it will also cost slightly more.
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