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Can geldings be battle horses?
« on: March 25, 2014, 01:38:55 AM »

 I'm writing a tale where a prize on a tournament is a battle-bred gelding, and I want to make sure I'm not making a huge mistake, since in wikipedia it says that geldings tend to be more calm and docile than horses that haven't been castrated.
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Re: Can geldings be battle horses?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 02:10:52 AM »

 I'm writing a tale where a prize on a tournament is a battle-bred gelding, and I want to make sure I'm not making a huge mistake, since in wikipedia it says that geldings tend to be more calm and docile than horses that haven't been castrated.
I don't see why it couldn't happen. It may be unusual, but not impossible. Is there a specific reason why the horse is a gelding?
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Can geldings be battle horses?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2014, 02:54:32 AM »

 I'm writing a tale where a prize on a tournament is a battle-bred gelding, and I want to make sure I'm not making a huge mistake, since in wikipedia it says that geldings tend to be more calm and docile than horses that haven't been castrated.
I don't see why it couldn't happen. It may be unusual, but not impossible. Is there a specific reason why the horse is a gelding?

 The owner wants to give a premium horse away, but doesn't want the line to extend without his authorization.
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Re: Can geldings be battle horses?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 03:03:02 AM »

 I'm writing a tale where a prize on a tournament is a battle-bred gelding, and I want to make sure I'm not making a huge mistake, since in wikipedia it says that geldings tend to be more calm and docile than horses that haven't been castrated.
I don't see why it couldn't happen. It may be unusual, but not impossible. Is there a specific reason why the horse is a gelding?

 The owner wants to give a premium horse away, but doesn't want the line to extend without his authorization.
Fair enough. I think it could work, but I'm no horse expert.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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AW: Can geldings be battle horses?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2014, 04:36:44 AM »
Yes, they can be. It's sometimes even safer because they don't play any ranking games with other horses anymore.

I once read a story where the enemy wiped out a battalion of high cavalry in bringing mares in heat to the battlefield. All the stallions went mad and tried to go to the mares - uncontrollable for their riders.
Wouldn't have happened with geldings...
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Re: AW: Can geldings be battle horses?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2014, 05:17:49 AM »
Yes, they can be. It's sometimes even safer because they don't play any ranking games with other horses anymore.

I once read a story where the enemy wiped out a battalion of high cavalry in bringing mares in heat to the battlefield. All the stallions went mad and tried to go to the mares - uncontrollable for their riders.
Wouldn't have happened with geldings...
There was a similar trick used in A Game of Thrones to win a tournament and you're right xiagan, geldings don't have that drawback.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Can geldings be battle horses?
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 04:12:28 AM »
Robert E Lee's Traveler was a gelding, as I recall. I think the sex (and intactness for the males) of horses used in warfare has varied with time and culture. I don't think there's any reason a gelding (or mare) couldn't be trained to carry his rider into battle or to bite and kick etc.

Stallions might be more aggressive overall than geldings, but geldings are generally calmer and more biddable. They're also less distracted by mares. So I'd think there might be some advantages to using one as a war horse. It probably comes down more to the traditions of the culture, and possibly the machismo of the rider.