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    02-17-2012, 09:26 AM
A lot of people say if you leave them the horse will mature better as he will have the testosterone in his body. I don't know if this is true or not....
Im defo going to have him gelded I have no intentions on keeping him as a stud
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    02-17-2012, 09:47 AM
Having been around & handled hundreds of youngsters, I think it depends on the colt. We've had some very studdish weanlings and then had others who never acted like a stud up to a mature age even left intact. I do agree that colts tend to be more prehensile and mischievous in general than fillies.

My 9 month old colt (will be cut in a few months) hasn't shown any stud like behavior yet. Woodstock was cut as a 4 yo after injury, was an aggressive rank mess when I bought him, but even with being cut late he is a perfect gentleman now. Though I attribute that more to very consistent training & being put in his place by my bossy mares than the actual loss of parts lol!
    02-17-2012, 12:32 PM
I don't think gelding has anything to do with actual height. I bought a curly gelding and the owner said he was gelded at 5 weeks? He was a non-curly curly so to be registered, he had to be gelded. He has grown to be about 15.3-16.0 hands and a big, stout guy.
    02-17-2012, 01:02 PM
My Curly/Spanish Mustang was gelded at 3 months. And he is 15.1. His dam was only 13.2 and his sire was only 14.1. The vet was coming out to do 3 other geldings so since his stuff was there, he got cut too. LoL. Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time. He has great manners but he's part mustang so he's got a mischievous naughty "I'm going to test you" streak in him too.

My Curly was gelded at a year and a half. He was my first horse, we purchased him while still intact and never had any issues with him. He was just as calm back then as he is now. Never showed any signs of acting studdish.

We purchased a paint at 2 years old that was just gelded the week before. He was still healing when we brought him home. He was also the calmest guy ever. As a 3 and 4 year old, we had 5-6 year olds riding him without any issues. He was absolutely wonderful.
    02-17-2012, 01:28 PM
Studdy to me is talking, dropping, mounting. If being pushy or rude is studdy I've had some mares with complex issues.

The earliest I've seen is a yearling, but I have a coming two year old right now noone would even guess is a colt still. All.depends on their personailities.
    02-17-2012, 01:46 PM
Originally Posted by danastark    
I don't think gelding has anything to do with actual height. I bought a curly gelding and the owner said he was gelded at 5 weeks? He was a non-curly curly so to be registered, he had to be gelded. He has grown to be about 15.3-16.0 hands and a big, stout guy.
Some say that gelding early will produce a taller horse as the growing will be up instead of for growing stallion things. No real way to know for sure as you can't compare the same horse but I'm often surprised at how short some stallions are.
    02-17-2012, 02:01 PM
Testosterone causes the growth plates to close sooner, so in theory the same horse will be taller if gelded early due to the decreased testosterone allowing the plates to remain open longer.
    02-17-2012, 02:07 PM
Is this why a lot of smaller stallions tend to be able to produce a taller foal? (when at full height) Because their "genetics" indicated that they may be 15.3 instead of their actual height of 14.3 so they pass on the 15.3?

(That's completely hypothetical example)
    02-17-2012, 02:13 PM
Probably, I honestly don't know all of the specifics, we discussed it in several of my classes though and I found it really interesting.
    02-17-2012, 02:40 PM
I got my guy in October, as a yearling and I he hasn't acted studdy. He was gelded on the 3rd, and he acts the same. He's a big teddy bear. He'll be two the end of April.

He's tries to test me sometimes- but that's part of being a baby and growing up. Everytime I remind him who's boss. Just last night he thought he would be a jerk about having his hind feet cleaned- there were people and horses around so he thought he'd try haha.

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