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post #1 of 15 Old 12-03-2011, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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Age for gelding and wolf teeth

What are the best ages for pulling wolf teeth and gelding a colt? Can they be done at the same time? I have a 4.5 month colt and want to bring him up right. Oo
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-03-2011, 07:48 AM
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I personally would not geld him until he is at least 6 months. I gelded my colt in April and he was 10 months old. He was a cryptorchid so he had to go the Hospital to be done. Wolf teeth I have no idea.
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post #3 of 15 Old 12-03-2011, 08:20 AM
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You have to wait until both testicles drop down... Many veterinarians and equine dentists when they find these teeth remove them based on customary practice..Me personally never had to have mine removed.However it may not be absolutely necessary to have these teeth pulled if they are causing pain or if they interfere with the bit..
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I agree 4.5 months is too young. My granddad waited until they were 11 - 12 months unless they got too onery, then they were gelded a little sooner.

This link might help. Horse Gelding the Male Horse and Aftercare by Cherry Hill

It's well worth reading the entire article but it says in part:

When to geld is largely a management decision. Often, facilities require that young horses of both sexes be housed together, so gelding at about 12 months has become popular in order to avoid accidental breeding at puberty (18 to 24 months). It is best to assess each individual though, to determine the optimum gelding time. Some weanlings become preoccupied with nearby mares and may go through or over fences to get near them. In other cases, a long yearling may only quietly watch the mares. Others may develop an obsession with their penises and may devise various means of masturbation or self-mutilation. Other early gelding candidates include those that show premature signs of excess bulk such as a thick, cresty neck. Such individuals might best be gelded at eight months or earlier while others remain very supple and moderate in musculature well into their two-year-old year.
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-03-2011, 08:32 AM
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I'd geld at a yearling as long as both testicles are dropped. If one or both aren't dropped by 2, you might want to have your vet take a looks see. As far as wolf teeth, if they have them, take them out before the horse is broke out.
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Thanks so much for the responses. The article was very helpful.
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I do mine at a year, to a year and a half. Late spring or early fall is best for bug exposure. My vet always pulls out wolf teeth while they are down.

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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.
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Last spring even though it was still cold out my vet could tell Rascal had both dropped by reaching under and feeling for them. They weren't easily visible at the time either.

Toby was done before he was a year old and both Apache and Rascal were done when they were two years of age. I don't see any stud-like qualities among any of them.

I have heard the earlier you have it done it might allow them to get a bit taller than if you wait till later. Something about the testosterone closes the growth plates quicker? I don't know how accurate that is. My one done before yearling age is the shortest horse here - but that has more to do with genetics than when gelded.

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I have my colts teeth done as 2 year olds, have their caps and bridle teeth pulled if they came in. And if they come in later, they get pulled on their yearly dentist appt. Unless something is obviously bothering them before that.
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