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Re: [RC] Gelding Stallions (was: Wild Horses) - Barbara McCrary

We have a gelding that was emasculated at the age of 13 months, and he simply does not acknowledge he is a gelding...at least when our one mare is around. I think you have a great idea, Kat. But why go to the extra work of a vasectomy? Just gelding all the stallions will surely leave a few that think like our gelding and then the mares will be happy.


----- Original Message ----- From: "k s swigart" <katswig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Ridecamp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 10:21 AM
Subject: [RC] Gelding Stallions (was: Wild Horses)

Lisa Salas said:

I have suggested to the BLM, (since they are spending
soooooo much money on rounding up these horses)
to geld the stallions, instead of wasting money on throwing
out of helicopters "birth control" pellets which have not
been approved and they don't even know if they work.

But just gelding some of the stallions is unlikely to have much of an
effect.  The fertile mares will just find the males that haven't been
gelded....and the entire males will run off their immasculated
counterparts and keep the fertile mares for themselves.

Perhaps if they were to give vasectomies to the stallions (so these
infertile males could defend their mares and "breed" them, but not
actually produce any foals), this might help.

Orange County, Calif.


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[RC] Gelding Stallions (was: Wild Horses), k s swigart