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Success With Gelding An Older Stallion
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Three*C*Champs
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2018-10-01 11:12 AM (#7409308)
Subject: Success With Gelding An Older Stallion



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Curious to hear from anyone that has gelded an older (14yr old) stallion successfully? Did he eventually develop a 'gelding' mind set? Or close to? Complications?  TIA
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Herbie
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2018-10-01 11:26 AM (#7409310 - in reply to #7409308)
Subject: RE: Success With Gelding An Older Stallion


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When I was a kid, we had a stud that we gelded as a teenager so that I could show him in the youth classes and high school rodeo on him.  No issues whatsoever, but he was always a very good minded, gelding acting stud too.  If he's "studdy" now, I wouldn't expect his desire to go away a whole lot, he just won't be able to do anything about it after the removal.  LOL  
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JLazyT_perf_horses
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2018-10-01 11:36 AM (#7409316 - in reply to #7409308)
Subject: RE: Success With Gelding An Older Stallion



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I think it's going to depend on the horse. Mine was gelded at 7 and he's 19 now and still goes through the fence to try to breed mares. He can't be turned out with geldings because he will fight until the death with them. He would try to mount mares while we were riding even for about 3 years. All he did those first 7 years was breed, he wasn't broke. We gelded one at my old job who was either 16 or 17, I can't fully remember, and he did fine. He also never acted studdy and hadn't bred since he was 5 and was only bred twice. So I think it's going to depend on their behavior as studs and whether or not they've been a breeder.
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Carbon Copy
Reg. Jun 2006
Posted 2018-10-02 1:08 PM (#7409421 - in reply to #7409308)
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We gelded at 9 years old, he acted like he'd been gelded his whole life. 
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Nateracer
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2018-10-02 3:10 PM (#7409430 - in reply to #7409308)
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I own a gelding who is now 17, and was gelded at 5.  He never bred a mare.  They gelded him because he'd go through walls to get to mares. 

Brought him home and we kept him separated from mare. She died a year or so later. Fast forward.  I wanted a mare.  I bought a mare.  And I said they were all going to live together, her and my other old gelding. 

He attacked my old gelding when she came into heat.   We now have him on Moody Mare Plus from THE and he doesn't even twitch a hair.  He's also more lovey in general. lol   
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treasurehunter
Reg. Sep 2007
Posted 2018-10-02 4:39 PM (#7409447 - in reply to #7409308)
Subject: RE: Success With Gelding An Older Stallion



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My now gelding is younger but I had to share my experience. I had my gelded, bled a couple of drops. Everything went much better than expected. I had some concerns about his age and his testicle size that complications might occur. About 3.5 hours later, he acted off, raising his back leg and kicking under his belly. He even acted as if he wanted to lay down.
I had the halter on him and called the vet. He said he’s just uncomfortable from the pain.
Ten minutes later, blood spewed out like a water hose, I called vet, very upset, he gets there in 7 minutes. Within 7 minutes I had a 3 foot area 1/4 deep in blood. We had to lay him back down and pack him and stitch. Of course now he had to go thru a day of painful
swelling. 24 hrs later, we removed all of that but it took a month and a half to heal.
Complications can occur, since odds are higher the older they get.
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Three*C*Champs
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2018-10-04 12:55 PM (#7409586 - in reply to #7409447)
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treasurehunter - 2018-10-02 2:39 PM My now gelding is younger but I had to share my experience. I had my gelded, bled a couple of drops. Everything went much better than expected. I had some concerns about his age and his testicle size that complications might occur. About 3.5 hours later, he acted off, raising his back leg and kicking under his belly. He even acted as if he wanted to lay down. I had the halter on him and called the vet. He said he’s just uncomfortable from the pain. Ten minutes later, blood spewed out like a water hose, I called vet, very upset, he gets there in 7 minutes. Within 7 minutes I had a 3 foot area 1/4 deep in blood. We had to lay him back down and pack him and stitch. Of course now he had to go thru a day of painful swelling. 24 hrs later, we removed all of that but it took a month and a half to heal. Complications can occur, since odds are higher the older they get.

Wow! Thank you for sharing!! I do plan to haul him to a vet to have the procedure done just to be safe.... not sure how long I will have to wait to haul him back however.
 
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MrsHound
Reg. Oct 2004
Posted 2018-10-04 1:04 PM (#7409589 - in reply to #7409308)
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If I were to get an older horse gelded again I would ask the vet to keep him over night.  I had one bleed pretty badly, gelded as a late 4 yr old.  It was scary but luckily we didn't lose him. 
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madredepeanut
Reg. Aug 2017
Posted 2018-10-05 1:38 AM (#7409620 - in reply to #7409308)
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If the situation allows, most vets I know like to geld older stallions in a hospital setting, and keep them for at least 24 hours to make sure there aren't any major complications. We've gelded many older stallions with no issues, but I have heard that things can go downhill quick if problems do arise (which can happen during any castration or almost any "routine" procedure).

I do agree that if he was super studdy before, his attitude might not change that much, especially if he's already bred mares and has that mindset.
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Three*C*Champs
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2018-10-05 10:52 AM (#7409658 - in reply to #7409308)
Subject: RE: Success With Gelding An Older Stallion



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Thank you all for the input!!

If I do go through with gelding him it will be at an actual hospital and kept under supervision.

He was not studdy when I had him before, actually was a very personable stallion whom I hauled to barrel races. However he has been off for a year turned out with mares & being collected on so I am not sure how he will be once he comes back. I just feel if he remains with me he'll be a much happier gelding.


Thank you all again.  
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little_bug
Reg. Oct 2008
Posted 2018-10-06 9:57 AM (#7409755 - in reply to #7409308)
Subject: RE: Success With Gelding An Older Stallion



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I had my 12 year old stallion gelded. I owned him from 10-12 years old. He was fairly well behaved at first but when I moved to a facility with another stallion he became rotten. Screamed 24/7 when I was handling him. He then chose to rub me off on he fence in the arena and I made an appointment for the next week.  From the day he was gelded on he never acted like a stallion. He was the best mannered gelding ever. Once his 30 days was up he lived with my mare. ZERO issues. It was the best decision I ever made for both him and myself. The vet kept him over night - there was a good amount of swelling but I did cold hose therapy and lunging daily. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. He seemed so much happier too. 
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River
Reg. Oct 2006
Posted 2018-10-10 9:09 PM (#7410185 - in reply to #7409308)
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I had a 14-yr-old stallion gelded. He wasn’t a cryptorchid but I guess a high flanker is what I’ve heard it called. He did great. He was a great minded stud though and you could never tell he was a stallion before or after.
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