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Gelding an older stallion

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Anonymous
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2001 - 10:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a 26 year old stallion who is still in very good shape. But I no longer breed and raise horses, but I've had him since he was 8, and the likelyhood of being able to sell him or give him away seems very slim. Due to lack of pasture space I can't afford to keep him separtate from my other horses (geldings). So I have considered gelding him, but being a stallion he has always been aggressive towards other male horses (geldings). If I geld him, would that change his personality much, could he go out with other geldings and not beat them up? Does anyone have any advice or experience in this area?
 

Jos
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 12:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

At this stage, although it might mellow him a little, it is likely that castration will make very little difference to his attitude.

What about putting him out with a pregnant mare? If he is sensible, then he will quickly realise she is not in estrus and will settle down and probably be much happier. Obviously this may not be a solution with all stallions, but you will be able to judge that for yourself I'm sure!
 

Anonymous (12.111.176.85)
Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 10:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

At that age I doubt it will change his attitude much. There's also risks in gelding a stallion at that age... mainly a "higher bleed" factor.

Not sure what you could do short of letting the horses establish a "pecking" order in the field. Depends HOW agressive he is. We have a 17yr old stallion and an 8yr old gelding. The gelding wants nothing more than to kill the stallion and keep all of the mares of himself... go figure?
 

AMR (206.222.211.28)
Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a friend that turns his older stallion out with the geldings each fall. He always start out by putting them in a larger pen (one gelding to start with) and hobbles the stud. In time he has them all together and the hobbles come off and they all go out. He does make sure that no mares are anywhere within sight and it works out well. I have also heard of people using hobbles and a muzzle to start.



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