The vet was out on Saturday and gelded Kat. The job was done and his nuts are gone, along with a few of those dreams I had of competing and promoting him, breeding ponies for the girls... yeah, ummmm. So long to that. Thanks dear
But along with his nuts, here are the other things that are gone or on their way out the door too. His posturing, the calling to the mares, the creeping is diminishing, him challenging me on the lead rope, blasting thru the gate to the round pen. Simply put, the bullshit behavior that has started and continued to escalate recently for whatever reasons... He is quickly becoming the quiet horse he used to be before. I don't have to get after him much for anything and although it can/will take up to 6 weeks for the testosterone levels to recede, he is becoming more and more subdued by the day.
While it sucks that I will never get to see the promise of a foal from him and my mare, now the girls will be able to ride, drive and show HIM if they choose to. Of course riding him means I will need to acquire the tack and he will need to have some wet saddle blanket therapy. The girls will need boots and proper helmets for starters and when they progress far enough along, I will call in a trainer to help them proceed. Teaching friends, family and S/O's to ride is always a challenge and often doesn't end well.
He's healing nicely and is getting turned out overnight. So far it's going well for both of us.