Gelding is frustrating to me.
It seems at the shows we saw more, but even a "trainer" said to me that they weren't worth much because they don't "do" anything.
I guess that means that you can't breed them because they sure can "do" everything else.
I gelded boys last year and now that we have to reduce the herd, I can't get one inquiry on the geldings.
Only the mares, and only if they are bred.
Then I hear the "market is bad" and so inquiries want the mares for less than $1000.
In spite of the flood and storm damage this year I will just keep them.
Locally the geldings in the area ae seling "pet" price for just a couple hundred or less. It cost me over $100 just to geld them.
I posted an ad for the boys on the saleboard today with reduced pricing but I'm not holding out much hope, and I won't go lower because I have seen so many "cheaply priced" horses get so terribly neglected. When people in this area don't put much into buying, (and they don't WANT to for sure) they won't pay a vet bill for more than they paid for the horse. It's a vicious cycle that ends up with a lot of neglected minis, turned out in pastures with no care.
Sorry I know I am venting but that gelding issue is a sore spot.