Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
I've just adopted a yearling stud colt and I'm planning to get him gelded soon (likely within the next week or two). His situation is probably a bit unique because he's on the older side of things (he'll probably be 2 yrs in the spring). At the moment however, he's got four mares on all sides of him and he hasn't showed the slightest inclination to be "studdy". (The mares are on the opposite side of 6 foot panels, just so y'all know I'm not tempting fate too badly. ^_^) In any case, I think it's largely a personal decision based on you, the horse, and the horse's living situation. From what I've been hearing, 8-18 months is a pretty acceptable range.
On a different note, how does one know whether your colt's testicles have dropped when he is really fuzzy and it's cold out? I think I heard that they may have dropped, but in cold weather the stud keeps them sort of "tucked in". Is that correct? This is my one problem with having my colt gelded; I don't actually know that he's dropped... but I assume that by his age (long yearling) they should have dropped unless he's a cryptorchid or something fun like that.