July 9, 2015 16:44 by Jaime
Many of you know that I've struggled with this for a while. Castration is a permanent choice. I can't try it out and go back. My horse is not bad minded (in fact quite the opposite!!) and there has never been any pressing urgency to do it. As a breeder, I've always struggled with finding a place for a gelding in my program. So many questions about how it appears are going through my brain, including but not limited to:
- Will people think he's a bad boy?
- Am I a quitter? I thought I wanted a stallion and to raise my own babies!
- Am I fickle? I thought I wanted a stallion and to raise my own babies!
- Will they think that I didn't like Jackpot?
- Will they think I'm doing this because Jackpot didn't have spots?
And you know what, most people aren't going to think a thing because they don't know me. Kasino and I aren't that important to the masses LOL. And finally, you know what, who cares what "they" think?
The truth is, he's a great horse, but the world is full of great horses. He's good enough, but so are a lot of them. I think he'll be much happier with less to worry about (mares). And besides, I honestly don't have the capital to make him into the next APHA leading sire, even if he is good enough.
I want to do the all around for now, and then probably let some little girl go to the next step with him, and start over with my next baby, whether that be Klark or the baby in Parlay's tummy right now, only time will tell.
I know this is the right choice. But I have to admit, I'm crying a little bit. It's a permanent change. I hate change. Even when it's a good thing.
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. Oh and if you want Kasino to be your stallion, speak now or forever hold your peace :) Appointment is for Monday.
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