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Re: [RC] [RC] Animal Control - Bette Lamore

Hi Deanna
I feel the same way about horses--- should be gelded if you have no intention of breeding-- because, although you may have the wherewithal to house a stallion, if through some unfortunate turn of events you are forced to sell your horses, it is far harder to find a home for a stallion-- unless he has a track record of great babies. I inherited a few stallions that way who were older but not what I would call stallion quality-- (one had been purchased by Gil Van Camp for $100,000 and I got him through a herd dispersal sale at Gil's death).
Although he produced beautiful babies, his neck looked like a Belgian and he was not of the type that would be marketable in that period, although his pedigree was fabulous-- an Algomej son.
He was not so old that it would endanger his health to geld him, thank goodness --- my friend lost her 22 year old stallion that way when the owner at the farm she was boarding at said she needed the extra paddock next to him and that Sue would have to geld her well behaved stallion or find another place-- very sad.
So, I gelded the Algomej son and several other colts that year. My son rode Borax for many years and they enjoyed each other on trail. When my son became a computer nerd, it was easy to find a wonderful home for him (the horse--- not my son :-). The tragic situation is looking to find a home for a stallion who is older, no show or record of great babies, and it is actually dangerous to geld them at an older age-- more chance of complications.
One never knows where life will take them; I feel gelding is best for stallions in most cases unless the owner plans to breed/market/prove them.
I only breed my mares now when someone has leased them and the foal is sold before birth--- usually that person is familiar with Halynov and is specifically looking for an endurance or sporthorse/dressage mount-- and sometimes size as a bonus. Other than that, there are far too many good horses on the market already. My mares may not all get bred every year, but I read Black Beauty as a child and my mares will always have a home as long as I do.
Of course, I would give my eye teeth if Jim Cossey had not gelded Bunny-- originally his horse. This son of Hal's has so much heart, is so correct with wonderful size, I would have had beau coup breedings to him had he been a stallion-- what a temperament, too!
Oh well, you cannot always predict either way, but if I am going to err, I'll air on the side of population control.
Bette, who has far too many horses :-)
PS It is USUALLY the men who flame me for advocating gelding--- guess it strikes a nerve? ...and then there are my usual critics :-)

Deanna German wrote:
I just wanted to say that the Animal Control officers are usually not the bad
guys.  It's the idiots who won't take responsibility for their animals and
allow indiscriminate breeding or dump their animals so they end up someone
else's problem.

Tracy, you speak the truth!!!!

My recent endeavors to foster dogs from shelters and pounds have enlightened
me as to how poorly the spay/neuter message has gotten out. It hasn't!!!
There seems to be a love affair with testicles! The best shelters spay and
neuter before the dogs leave the facility, but most just don't have the
resources, relying on the owner to promise to have it done. (Yeah, right...)

My most recent foster was an adorable Golden mix -- he looks like a black
Golden. He was two days away from being put down. Why? Because he was intact
and thrown into a community pen (again, lack of resources) at a rural
shelter where he proceeded to stir up trouble by trying to hump everything
in sight. I turned this dog into a well-mannered housepet in a manner of 5
weeks. He was that easy to train and that willing to please. He was neutered
before he was re-homed.

Dog foster care is overwhelmed right now by the large number of dogs that
have been abandoned because they become such a bother during this busy
season. Wow, imagine this holiday to-do list:
1. Bake cookies
2. Wrap gifts
3. Get rid of the dog

Warms the heart, doesn't it?

Spread the word to spay and neuter! If you breed, very young dogs can be
spayed or neutered now, so it could be done before they go to their new
home. If you don't want to do that, charge more then give a rebate when the
new owner provides proof of spaying/neutering. If you don't think that
people will want your pups under those conditions, then you shouldn't be
breeding dogs!

Off my soapbox now.


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Bette Lamore
Whispering Oaks Arabians
Home of 16.2h TLA Halynov
who lives on through his legacy
Hal's Riverdance!

Always remember: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." (George Carlin)


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