Knowing When To Geld
I have an intact APHA colt. Nice breeding, GREAT personality, unique color, well built. I've been wrestling with myself lately though with the fateful question - To geld, or not to gelding?
We've had sincere interest in him already - from the pictures where he looks like absolute rubbish when we first got him - and people seem to love him. So obviously, there's already a market for him, and he looks ten times better now.
However, if gelded, he could go on to be a kick butt show horse. Though he could do that and be intact all the same. But the economy sucks, and quite honestly I'm not the type to say "Hand me $500, and I'll let him breed anything that neighs", there would definitely be an approval process - and I have no idea how well that would go around these here parts.
There are just as many pros and cons on each side. What I have decided to do, is let him show his yearling year in longe line and halter, keeping him intact, and seeing how many people are really interested in him at the bigger shows like Paint-O-Rama, etc. If not? He'll be gelded. No harm, no foul, right? If he starts going looney tunes, he'll be cut. That's that.
So I just have a question for everyone out there who might be in a similar situation as myself, or any current stallion owners - What ultimately makes you decide to geld (or not to geld) a colt?
I've got a lovely bunch of Neuticals,
There they are all standing in a row
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head