Post Number: 1
|Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 09:41 pm: ||
I am looking at a retired breeding stallion for a riding horse.
Would there be any benefit to gelding him?
Mostly in the sense of the neighbouring properties horses. They have kids pony mares.
Post Number: 485
|Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 - 06:44 am: ||
Lots of benefit, attitude, you won't get you neighbors mares pregnant should he escape.....I would definately geld.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 - 03:03 pm: ||
He is in his late teens. So has spent a good 15 years + serving mares
Do you think gelding him would still mean that I would have to keep him by himself etc?
Post Number: 488
|Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 - 04:32 pm: ||
That is going to be a call you would have to make, you know his attitude, I don't.
Post Number: 1629
|Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 - 04:47 pm: ||
There actually won't be a lot of advantage to gelding him, and there are some risks...
Older stallions that are gelded will often still behave like stallions, based on "learned" behaviours instead of hormonally driven behaviours. i.e. you will probably still have a stallion but without testicles.
The fact that he cannot fertilize mares may be beneficial in the even of an accident (he will probably still breed them - geldings, especially late-gelded geldings, can and do breed mares), but beyond that the benefits are going to be possibly minimal (there is of course a tremendous amount of stallion variability involved).
There is a significant risk increase associated with gelding an older stallion because of greater hemorrhage likelihood.
As a general rule, if he is a well-behaved stallion now, gelding him probably isn't worth the risk. OTOH if he is not well behaved, it might be.