So the journey continues! Last month I shared the complications we had with Larry.
He was extremely out skeletally, and was not sound. After two appointments with the chiropractor, he was feeling back to himself. The third appointment Larry only had one minor adjustment and showed major improvement! I am now bringing him back slowly undersaddle to ensure we don't reverse anything.
During this period I took pictures and videos of him regularly to log his progress. One thing that I noticed through the photos was the amount he had grown in a short period of time. Seeing him, all-day everyday can make it difficult to recognize growth. Larry had dropped a hole in the off- billet of the front cinch, with constantly changing the cinch for various horses I didn't catch that immediately. I am very relieved that he is feeling back to himself and back on track with his routine.
Last month I sent his hair off to be tested for parentage verification and 5 panel disease. I am very happy to report that his parentage was verified (not that I was worried) and the his 5 panel is clean. Even though both came back the way that I had hoped I have made the decision to geld Larry.
Even though he is a athletic and eye appealing horse, he hasn't checked all the boxes that I would like him to. I feel that he would serve best as a gelding and that life would be better for him. You hear and see all the time “a good stud makes a great gelding”. Boy is this true, breed for excellence. Im not saying pretty looking horses, I am saying form to function. Strong feet, good bone, correct legs, willing attitude and a build to get the desired job done. Horses are built and designed for different jobs hence the various the bloodlines, breeds and conformation. Larry is a nice horse, but he is not what I would personally want in a stallion that I own and breed.
This has been a tough call for me, but I know that in the long run this would be better for him. One of the bigger pushes to geld him is that he is all around better on full turnout, we cant consistently provide that for him without him being in an isolated pasture or large pen. I couldn't bare to see him live that life when he could be gelded and have pasture mates. Being gelded he could live with the mares yearlings or accompany our current stallion.
I look forward to having Larry around as a gelding. Even though we have never held onto a gelding, I will still pursue Larry as a performance horse and work towards the goals I have set. Anyone who knows us will quickly tell you that we are mare people with the exception of our one stud, now with a gelding included. Larry is a part of our family and always will be.
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