Celeste left a comment on one of yesterday's entries that I might need to define "gelding", because someone had suggested that Libby and Blue might make babies together some day.
Well, Celeste, I did e-mail that person with an explanation. But I'm sure I have more city readers than country ones, so I'll do an entry on this anyhow.
A gelding is a neutered male horse. Stallions can be dangerous, for the average person. So most male colts are gelded.
Years ago, when I had my first horse, the word was that you didn't want to "geld" a horse until he had a little age on him, so he'd muscle up and be prettier. That theory has gone by the way, and from what I'm told, most horse colts (male baby horses) are "fixed" early on.
One would think, then, that a gelding would show no interest in the opposite sex, and as a matter of fact, my horse, Blue, does not.
However, Tude, one of our boarded horses, thinks he's a stallion. When Sassy (our other boarded horse) comes in season, Tude goes through all the motions, even though he's a gelding. Only he can't make her pregnant. Blue calmly grazes at a distance... wondering, I imagine, why on earth Tude is wasting so much energy.
Geldings who act like stallions are known as "proud-cut". I used to think that meant something had gone wrong with the operation when the animal was gelded; but from what I've recently read on the Internet, that isn't so. Sometimes it just happens, for no apparent reason.
If my Libby shows signs of being in season, and Tude is interested, I'm going to separate them until she's over it. Why should she get a backache just because a gelding thinks he's a stud?
And there you have it, folks, more than you ever wanted to know: Geldings, 101.