Andalusian Breeders - Colt Antics question

I just acquired my first ever Andalusian. I’ve wanted one for ages. My colt is 18 mos old and has already hit puberty. The breeder had quite a few horses so he has not had a great deal of handling and is rather sensitive and dodgy/suspicious. He has a castration appt. set for Thursday this week. I am really hoping that “brain surgery” will seriously take the edge off. It has for other colts I’ve owned, but as this is my first Andy, I thought I would ask.

He’s generally sweet and sensible; not an idiot; but I think a lack of much or consistent handling, plus testosterone poisoning, has him feeling rather punchy so I’ve handled him fairly but cautiously. I’ve only had him going on 3 weeks, so he’s still settling in. I thought he was further along with that (the settling in part) as he was really very good about getting his hooves done on Saturday and I took his halter off when I turned him out. Then had the devil of a time getting it back on him on Sunday. So he is going to remain in that breakaway halter until after his hormones recede a bit.

Gelding and proper groundwork make a big difference to all breeds.

Have you had other hot breeds of colts before?

IME Andies on the ground can be like Arabs. Very handy, given to little spins and stops and catering in tight circles. Head tossing and play. The enjoy their natural agility.

But like Arabs they are also very people centered once you get that groundwork foundation on them.

Really different from how a TB gets hot on the ground.

He’s a baby so I hope he has lots of turnout and an opportunity to run and play with other horses. I find that Iberian have less runaround stamina than Arabs or TB. They will get it out of their system and calm down. Whereas Arabs and TB can get fixated on running and wear themselves into a lather evrn heat exhaustion.

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Interesting, I don’t think I’ve ever read specifically that the Andalusians were considered a “hot” breed. Sensitive, yes; but not hot. Hoping that gelding him will definitely tone him down. Yes, I’ve had Arabians and Thoroughbreds previously; used to breed Arabians years ago.

Yes, he is turned out on 5 acres 24/7 with a yearling colt. He comes in twice a day to eat and so I can handle him and get my hands on him. He has been rather silly about haltering since he arrived. He gets fed Triple Crown Sr., so while 14% protein, is low starch and high fat. Right now he has free choice grass hay (bermuda) available via a hay hut. There is early grass also.

Andalusians can be hot. They have the physicality to be very sproingy when they are excited or playful. They are reactive as well. They are not “born broke” like many stock horse breeds seem to be. I would never call them a quiet breed of horse. But like Arabs, much of it is for show.

Hot to me usually means to me how Scribbler describes Arabs and TBs, go, go, go; sensitive; reactive; nervous, flighty, and/or fidgety. And I fully realize they are not all that way, but a lot of them.

This colt is not that. He settles and will quiet, calm himself, if reassured. Stands tied nicely to be groomed. While yes, he can be sensitive and a bit reactive. He is not fidgety, flighty or nervous; nor particularly spooky. He just lacks life experience. I really think a lot of it is testosterone driven and he’s distracted and unfocused, then objects when he gets corrected when he forgets how to act; mostly due to the fact he hasn’t been handled a lot. He wants to please.

I’ve owned several stallions over the years. The ones I kept all eventually became geldings; and the rest were sold to breeding homes. I just prefer geldings and don’t have the time or situation to deal with stallion antics. They take special consideration.

Anyway, we’ll see. Thanks for the insight.

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I haven’t had a colt, but I started a PRE filly who has now been my partner for 16 years. I’ve never described her as hot or reactive, just sensitive, smart and sane (and a dream to ride😊). I believe lots of handling - ground school and lunging until she was 6 or so - was pretty key. Still, I usually have one ride during the spring season where we can’t work off the beans unless it’s safe to let her go top speed. I would chalk your colt’s behavior up to time of year, natural playfulness in turnout and hormones. The upside of sensitivity is you will know right away if there is something wrong physically or in relationship to others (horses and humans). Enjoy him!!

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