Jill I totally agree with you. I had a lady call not to long ago wanting a miniature for the family, which included young children, and the mini she wanted had to be a stallion. She wanted him to learn to pull a cart, be the kids pet, yadda yadda. I told her a gelding would be best since she has young kids but she and hubby said it has to be stallion they weren't about to buy a gelding. Whatever, I have nothing for them.It surprises me how the cost of gelding varies so greatly around the country.
But, there is a HUGE percentage of mini owners who will not geld, even if it's cheap
I almost don't even want to "count" how many geldings I have... Counting minis, a pony and my riding horse, I think it's 8 and one to-be. One is going to a new home this fall, though.
They are my favorite horses and the most fun to have around... but I think there's some redneck pride out there keeping some from gelding, and the illusion that money can be made because the horse is physically able to produce foals (without regard to actual quality).
I'm with you, too, SherylI know its been discussed here several times about putting your money were your mouth is on gelding. This year alone I've gelded 4 to date and have 1 more to go, but it'll have to wait until fall now because of the heat and wonderful flies.
That is soooooooo true. We ARE suppose to be working towards improving the breed. BUT everyone's opinion on what is good conformation is different. We are all allowed our own opinions so I guess each one of us will always see conformation differently.I'm with you, too, SherylI know its been discussed here several times about putting your money were your mouth is on gelding. This year alone I've gelded 4 to date and have 1 more to go, but it'll have to wait until fall now because of the heat and wonderful flies.
This year, I've only gelded one, but he is a mighty fine Buckeroo grandson with siblings on both sides showing to top National honors. AND, homebred Ducky will be my new gelding this fall (would have been already but vet wants him at least 4mos old). I love everything about Ducky and THAT is why I cannot wait to have him as a show gelding
Most of the mini stallions we see aren't nice enough to be show geldings OH! But they sure can put some mediocre foals on the ground, year after year...