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    02-21-2013, 12:08 PM
  #21
Trained
My perfect age to geld, as soon as they have dropped, and the weather is correct. Last group I had done two were darn near yearlings, and one was 3 months old. The older two I wanted done at the same time, to save a vets call out fee, and one wasn't dropped by the fall, and I didn't want them done in the winter up here.
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    02-23-2013, 03:12 AM
  #22
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Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
Studies have found that the influx of testosterone when an animal reaches puberty is a trigger for growth plates to start closing. By removing that trigger at least, it allows the horse to continue growing. It may only be a few centimeters, but it's still different lol.
Oh I don't doubt that they grow taller, it's just that preventing the growth plates from closing by gelding before they do seems a little sketchy. But, like I said, so many horses are gelded like this, and I haven't seen any problems before, so it must be fine. :) Just a silly thought.
     
    02-23-2013, 10:59 AM
  #23
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It is easier to geld early. I usually have mine cut just before they are weaned so they can get over it whilst still on their dams BUT it is a fact that once cut the testosterone leaves their system and it is this that tells the growth plates when to stop growing, so, horses and dogs that are cut before puberty do grow taller. (Way back when young men were castrated as boys to maintain their higher toned voices, for opera they always grew a lot taller)

As for geldings covering mares this does not mean they were cut late it is something that I believe the mares seduce them into doing!
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    02-23-2013, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by mudpie    
Oh I don't doubt that they grow taller, it's just that preventing the growth plates from closing by gelding before they do seems a little sketchy. But, like I said, so many horses are gelded like this, and I haven't seen any problems before, so it must be fine. :) Just a silly thought.
Just to clarify, it's not that the growth plates never close... they just close later than they would if the horse were still a stud.
     
    02-23-2013, 11:48 AM
  #25
Green Broke
There is more than one source of testosterone in horses. How much those other sources produce after gelding determines how studly geldings behave.
     
    02-24-2013, 10:37 AM
  #26
Weanling
I was advised to geld at about 6 months, before we wean the foal (if it's a colt - it hasn't arrived) so that baby still has the comfort of feeding off mum whilst recovering.
     

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