Sparta.. Gelding?

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    03-22-2011, 11:25 PM
Green Broke
Sparta.. Gelding?

Ok so sparta turned a year on march 9th. Yippee! But stil only one testicle. The vet said to give him a few more months before we geld. I have always wanted a stud, but because we didnt have the proper place I couldn't house one. But with the new pasture just being built I see it posible finally. I was wondering if I should give sparta time to grow and see if he is worth keeping a stud to prove himself in the show ring (maybe poles and jumping??) since he is so laid back and everything. Or should I just snip away? Of course I wouldn't just randomly breed him. Especially if he isn't up to par. But just a consideration.
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    03-22-2011, 11:43 PM
Green Broke
I think he'd make a much better gelding. Just because he's sweet now doesn't mean his hormones won't take affect soon!
    03-23-2011, 07:42 AM
Green Broke
Thats what worries me. But i'm also running out of cool spring weather to geld, and he hasn't dropped the other testicle, i'm worried he may get studdy (though for him I highly doubt he will) befoer I can geld in the fall
    03-23-2011, 08:55 AM
Sweet and laid back does not = stallion quality.
    03-23-2011, 08:57 AM
Green Broke
Geeze he's already a year old, haha time does go fast
    03-23-2011, 11:02 AM
Geld. A retained testical can be heriditory (Sp? Wow I have no idea how to spell that!) I would just have a vet come out, flip him, and pull it down. Or you can also do in the side and remove it. I had to do that with one of mine.
    03-23-2011, 11:24 AM
Fehr - it is not know if it is a retained testicle at this time. It isn't always easy to just "flip him, and pull it down." It just doesn't work that way.

OP if you have the ability to keep him a stallion and decide if to geld him depending on how he does int he show ring, that is your right. I would have him gelded though if he ends up not dropping that testicle. I know nothing about your colt, is he registered?
    03-23-2011, 11:30 AM
Green Broke
Why can't you have him gelded in the summer?
    03-23-2011, 11:34 AM
Originally Posted by usandpets    
Why can't you have him gelded in the summer?
Cool weather = less flies......less flies = less chance for infections from flies.

Super Nova
    03-23-2011, 11:34 AM
Usandpets - I am guessing because of summer bugs. It is recommended to geld in the spring or fall to avoid most of the bugs in most areas.

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