Ok, I'm curious here to know these two things (as a result of a previous thread about how old a stud should be before he is bred)
I am asking these two things:
What prerecquisites does a stud have to have before you breed him, and at what age typically do you do this?
For what reasons do you decide to geld a stud?
Sorry, that's 3 questions:)
I just want to get a feel for what's acceptable and what's not.
I have several criteria and milestones for gelding a stallion. I have an Arab stallion who is excellent in temper, conformation, ridability, trainability, excellent show record and makes great babies. The market is so poor I gelded him in May at 5 yrs. Old. If I'm not going to use him, he doesn't need to remain intact.
I have a colt sired by him out of a mare who has had some nice fillies for me but no colts of stallion quality, so I will be gelding him as soon as the weather cools and the flies die, he'll be less than 1 year old and I've been ready to geld him from his first month. I have retired the mare to pasture to live out her days.
I have a 2 y.o. Stallion who, because of his pedigree, conformation, trainability, temper, physical ability and color, has been tested on 1 mare this year. If I don't think the foal measures up, he will be gelded next spring. The mare has thrown several champion babies, if the foal isn't good, it won't be her fault.
As far as I'm concerned any stallion can be gelded at any time due to market conditions, training issues, temper issues, conformation issues, you name it. If he p*sses me off one time to many, he can get gelded. I gelded and sold an outstanding homozygous black tobiano colt who just couldn't learn to stay out of my space. He was over 16 hands at 2 years old and still growing. Not going to deal with that in a huge stallion. His new owner loves him and rides all over the place on him, he's an awesome gelding.
I bought and gelded a 7 y.o. Stallion who had impeccable manners and a great pedigree, was gorgeous and 14.1 hh. Too small and I didn't want small babies. BUT.....he was an awesome kids horse and sold for a very good sum.
So here, a stallion can be gelded any time and pretty much for any reason.
7 y.o. I gelded: