We have a 3 yr old appy stallion. He has been bred to two mares. My husband wants to geld him. He then wants to pasture him with one of the bred mares. I am nervous about her losing her foal due to stallion-like behavior. how can we curb his libido quickly? would it be best to place him in a seperate enclosure?
Jos Posted From: 126.96.36.199
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 10:09 am:
You should probably be more concerned with the stallion/gelding's safety than the mare's or the unborn foal's! Unless the stallion is a raving muscle-headed pushy lunatic with mares (which at 3, and having only bred 2 mares, is unlikely), he is more likely to approach the mare with enthusiasm and get kicked for his pains seeing as she is not in estrus ("heat").
You are doing the best thing to "curb his libido" - gelding him! Note however that some geldings will continue to display stallion-like behaviour and will even mount with an erection and breed mares. While they of course do not get pregnant, they can become infected, which is a major problem in a brood mare band. This residual behaviour is less likely in a horse that was gelded young, but can still occur.
If the gelding persisits in displaying stallion-like behaviour after being gelded, you can try putting him on Regumate, although note that this hormone is expensive, has potential for human complications, and is not licensed for use in stallions or geldings.
It's also worth noting that once the gelding effect has "kicked in", with some geldings, they will be come very much submissive, and get continually beaten up by mares.
Overall, I prefer not to keep mares and geldings together if I can avoid it, because as you can see from the above, there are a variety of potential complications. Having said that, many people do keep the two genders together with no problems - you wil just have to try it and see what happens in your particular set of circumstances.
Anonymous Posted From: 188.8.131.52
Posted on Thursday, August 05, 2004 - 12:00 am:
thank you. i am concerned about the stallion of course, but i would hate for him to cause the mare to lose her foal after he's been gelded and we can't rebreed them. he's beautiful. i wish we could leave him intact. he's very well mannered for a stallion. of course he wasn't when we got him, but my husband has been working with him daily. he's actually friendlier than our mare. excuse me i mean his mare. he has a fit if we even put a lead rope on her and lead her around. calling to her over and over, but not trying to go through the fence. we had mares and geldings together when i was younger and never had any problems, but then the geldings had never been bred and were gelding by 2 years of age. plus the mares were never bred themselves. i hope that gelding this boy doesn't turn him into a pushover. his mare can be pushy with other horses. she's not a fighter she just lets others know she's boss. thanks again for your info
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