Originally Posted by Ladybug2001
I'm not so sure it is being "study". The few times he can actually get near me without Lena interferring he rubs his head all over me. Also kind of aggressive in a way he likes to paw at me, almost climbing up into my lap. Lmao. I just think he needs a lesson.
I've had a gentleman tell me to keep from gelding as much as you can as it helps with muscle development. Kind of like when you spay or neuter a dog it gets lazy afterward? Lmao.
I mostly started this thread because of curiousity. One colt I had a few years back didn't start acting studish until about 6 months of age. At first he was just being playful with the geldings, but then he actually started rearing up on me and others, also trying to mount the mares. (Never succeeded as they didn't much appreciate that.)
Actually, quite the contrary. If you want to INCREASE height, you geld before the horse reaches sexual maturity, since testosterone levels are one of the factors that promote growth plate closure. So, basically, if you geld before "puberty" the growth plates will take longer to close, thus a colt left entire can end up a couple of inches shorter than one not (all factors considered equal).
Now, who's to say that there aren't other factors....environment, etc. Even full siblings who are treated exactly the same can end up disproving the theory, but there is some evidence to back it.
Personally, I geld all non-stallion prospect colts early, while they are still on the dam, if possible.