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post #1 of 8 Old 09-12-2008, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Castration

Hi all.

Have a question re castrating a horse...

If a horse is castrated late will it still show signs of a stallion?

For example if a horse is castrated at 5 years after covering mares does the horse know what it is all about? If you know what I mean?

Once castrated how long will these stallion like behaviors continue?

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-12-2008, 03:06 PM
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Six months and really depends on the individual horse, his temperment, age, and history. A horse that has been used for breeding will certainly retain behavior longer and some things may never be completely erased. But say six months for the testosterone to be completely out of the picture.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-12-2008, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply.


We currently have a gelding who is rising 8 and still shows an interest in mares. He was cut when he was 2!

Recently we bought a horse, 5 yo, who was cut only last summer and he is still highly stallion like and quite aggressive. He has been returned to the dealer we bought him from after a dangerous incident with our 3 year old child. We were unaware that he had been cut late when we bought him otherwise we would not have bought him in the first place.

8 months down the line the dealer is still refusing to refund us the money or find us a replacement claiming that the horse is quiet and safe!

All very frustrating!
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-12-2008, 09:18 PM
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Oooh, that's a bum situation to be in. Good luck
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-13-2008, 12:09 PM
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I would just like to add that it also depends on the quality of the castration. If the person that cuts the stallion doesn't remove the gland in there as well as the testicals then the behaviors will continue, though they may or may not be as strong.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-13-2008, 12:58 PM
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That actually reminds me, sometimes an overactive adrenal gland can also produce too much testosterone, causing problems. I haven't had direct experience with that one, but I've read about it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-13-2008, 07:03 PM
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Well.... I have some bad news for you...

We have a 22 year old gelding who sired 4 foals before he was gelded and... I saw him mounting my mare in the paddock 2 days ago Having said that, my mare is a flirt and actively chases him down so he'll mount her

he doesn't act studdy and he's a perfect gentleman. He only mounts her when we aren't nearby so even though geldings may still mount mares, at least they aren't quite so studdy after a while.

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-13-2008, 10:50 PM
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Lol, there's a 41 inch gelding at our barn that tries to mount the large ponies in his pasture, but the poor thing is too short!
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