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post #1 of 16 Old 11-26-2013, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Good time to geld colt

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The question that I have is when is a good time to geld your colt? I have a 7mo and I don't want to geld him too early.

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-26-2013, 01:16 PM
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Most folks use the 1yr mark. I like to try and get them to 2yrs and let them grow some, and fill out. I have 2 rockys of similar breeding that are 6mo apart one is a stud at 3.5yo and one was geld at 1yr by the previouse owner, and from pictures taken of the 2 at similar ages and in developement the intact horse was sufficiently broader and heavier.

I have a little stud Rockaloosa right now that is 7mo and will likely try to hold out till he is 18mo to 2yr before I cut him. Preferably Id like to leave him intact till he is under saddle at 2ish

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I wait for the first killing freeze after the foal is weaned, if he's not an early foal. For an early foal, if it's still not fly season, I'll geld them even before they're weaned as long as they're descended. I have a colt right now that I did at 2 1/2 months. He's never had a studdy thought and never will. That's only for a colt that is obviously not a stallion candidate. For ones that might be good stallion candidates, I like to wait until they are 2 or 3 and see their disposition as it develops. If it's good I'll wait, if not, I'll geld quickly.

When you decide to geld, look up the Best Days in the almanac and do it during that time. It seems to keep problems minimal.

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I wait for the first killing freeze after the foal is weaned, if he's not an early foal. For an early foal, if it's still not fly season, I'll geld them even before they're weaned as long as they're descended. I have a colt right now that I did at 2 1/2 months. He's never had a studdy thought and never will. That's only for a colt that is obviously not a stallion candidate. For ones that might be good stallion candidates, I like to wait until they are 2 or 3 and see their disposition as it develops. If it's good I'll wait, if not, I'll geld quickly.

When you decide to geld, look up the Best Days in the almanac and do it during that time. It seems to keep problems minimal.
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Most folks use the 1yr mark. I like to try and get them to 2yrs and let them grow some, and fill out. I have 2 rockys of similar breeding that are 6mo apart one is a stud at 3.5yo and one was geld at 1yr by the previouse owner, and from pictures taken of the 2 at similar ages and in developement the intact horse was sufficiently broader and heavier.

I have a little stud Rockaloosa right now that is 7mo and will likely try to hold out till he is 18mo to 2yr before I cut him. Preferably Id like to leave him intact till he is under saddle at 2ish

Jim
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My colt was gelded as soon as he dropped, so at 5 months. I would just consult with a vet if you have any concerns. I think its more of just a personal preference and how long you want to have stud on your hands. To minimize any complications I would just pick a time of year where the weather isn't too bad. In florida we try to avoid summer cause of the humidity, flies and constant wetness. So we try to go for late fall or spring

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We like to do around 6 months, typically October/November when it's cooler and the bugs are gone.
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post #10 of 16 Old 11-26-2013, 03:19 PM
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You can geld them as soon as both testicles have dropped. Some will drop sooner and some drop later.

If he starts acting studly but has only one dropped, you can still have him gelded. It is a more extensive procedure.
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