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A gelding is a castrated animal—in English, a castrated male horse. The word comes from the Old Norse geldr ("barren"). A horse is usually gelded to make him more placid, making him easier to control. Geldings were once prized by classical steppe warriors for their silence. The Scythians are thought to have been the first people to geld their horses. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, Equus ferus caballus) is a large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. ... Old Norse is the Germanic language spoken by the inhabitants of Scandinavia and their overseas settlements during the Viking Age, until about 1300. ... A steppe in Western Kazakhstan in early spring In physical geography, a steppe (Russian: - step, Ukrainian: - step, Kazakh: - dala), pronounced in English as step, is a plain without trees (apart from those near rivers and lakes); it is similar to a prairie, although a prairie is generally considered as being... Scythian warriors, drawn after figures on an electrum cup from the KulOba kurgan burial near Kerch. ...

In horse racing, castrating a stallion means it loses any breeding value. However, it may be considered worth it if the animal's passion is stopping him from running to his full potential. Geldings are often preferred over stallions, because they are calmer, and more easy to work with, as they aren't as fiery; they may also be preferred over mares, because some mares can be sassy, or "marish". Horse-racing is an equestrian sporting activity which has been practiced over the centuries; the chariot races of Roman times were an early example, as was the contest of the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology. ... Look up Stallion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Under Showjumping and British National Hunt (i.e. jump-racing) rules, nearly all participating horses are geldings to minimise the health and safety risk for horses, riders and spectators. However in Europe, geldings are excluded from most major races, including the Classics and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.[citation needed] Show jumping is a form of competition in which horses are jumped over a course of fences, low walls, and other obstacles (e. ... National Hunt racing is the name given to the sport of horse racing in the United Kingdom and Ireland where the horses are required to jump over obstacles called hurdles or fences (except in the case of a bumper). The core of the National Hunt season is over the winter... Races at Lonchamp - Édouard Manet, 1867 The Prix de LArc de Triomphe is a flat thoroughbred horse race of a 2400 metres (about 1 mile 4 furlongs) raced on turf for 3 year olds and up, Colts, horses, Fillies and mares (exclude geldings). ...

Famous geldings

Famous geldings include the Australasian Phar Lap and the American horses Exterminator, Kelso, Forego, John Henry, Lava Man, and Mr. Ed (Bamboo Harvester). Famous British geldings include Red Rum and Desert Orchid, while Arkle was from Ireland. The 2003 Kentucky Derby was won by a gelding, Funny Cide. Phar Lap was also the name of a computer software company Phar Lap (in pronunciation, the words are run together usually as one word: farlap) was a giant chestnut gelding, standing 17. ... Exterminator (1915 - September 26, 1945) was an American thoroughbred racehorse and the winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby and in 1922 won Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year. ... // Early Career Kelso, born on April 4, 1957 was an American thoroughbred race horse and is considered to be among the best racehorses of the Twentieth century. ... [[Forego]] , bay gelding, 1970, by Forli (Aristhophanes) Lady Golconda by Hasty Road Owner, Lazy F Ranch, Bred by Lazy F Ranch, KY Trained by Frank Whiteley, Jr. ... John Henry is a thoroughbred race horse named after the folk hero John Henry. ... Lava Man (foaled on March 20, 2001) is a dark bay gelded thoroughbred race horse by Slew City Clew (Seattle Slew) out of Lil Ms. ... Bamboo Harvester was the name of the Palomino horse which portrayed Mr. ... Red Rum (bay gelding, May 3, 1965–October 18, 1995. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Arkle (19 April 1957 - 31 May 1970) was a famous Irish race horse. ... Churchill Downs racetrack, 1998 The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. ... Funny Cide is a champion American thoroughbred race horse bred at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutts WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, and foaled on April 20, 2000 at the McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred Farm, owned by Joe and Anne McMahon in the upstate New York town of Saratoga Springs. ...

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"Gelding", as he is known online, was castrated to his surprise one evening -- Although this was a good thing, and he has learned the advantages of his state.
Gelding may be reached online at gelding@geocities.com or via his webpage.
Perhaps that is why I am so open about things, that I can rationalize my castration as an act done by others instead of being forced to say I did it myself.
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–verb (used with object), geld·ed or gelt, geld·ing.
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