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    08-15-2012, 01:04 AM
  #1
Weanling
Pros and Cons of gelding a horse?

Sorry if there's a thread about this somewhere that I didn't see. So, what are the pros and cons of gelding a horse and at what age is the best time to geld him?
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    08-15-2012, 01:09 AM
  #2
Yearling
Right when 'they' drop, that's usually when you geld the horse.

The longer you wait, the more he's going to act like a stallion later on (even if you geld him).

Pros-
Not have to worry about accidents.
Not contributing to the over-population of unwanted horses.
Not having to have a testosterone-crazed horse around a mare in heat.

...Basically, anything is good when you geld a horse.

Cons-
Not putting it up for stud and getting money...Depending how good the horse is.
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    08-15-2012, 01:20 AM
  #3
Trained
Pro's..

Happier horse, he doesn't have urges that he wants to act on, he can live in a herd environment, rather than so many studs who live in solitary confinement.

You don't have to worry all the time about where he is and if any mares are teasing him.

No risk of accidental breedings.

When to geld, I do it ASAP, Stewie was done at 3 1/2 months because he was dropped and ready, I prefer to do at 6 months, but if they haven't dropped then as soon as they are ready they are done.

It doesn't affect their growth, in fact some argue that gelding grow taller, but stallions put on bulk, trouble is that bulk often goes on the neck and front end, not always where you want it.

I can't see any downside to gelding, I am very very unlikely to breed or buy a youngster of breeding quality, so it as never been an issue for me, my question is always WHEN should I geld him rather than SHOULD geld him.

And yes I had people ask about one of my colts, I could of sold him several times as a stud, but was far happier selling him as a gelding, he was a nice colt, a very nice colt, but he never made me go WOW, and if I don't go WOW then he's getting cut
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    08-15-2012, 01:50 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I don't think there is any negative aspect to gelding. There are many 'stallions' out there that would make fantastic geldings , and they are mediocre or less stallions. ;)
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    08-15-2012, 01:54 AM
  #5
Weanling
I guess the one con of it is that the surgery could cause death or infection, but that is very unlikely if a professional vet preforms the surgery.
Everyone else has named the pros.
     
    08-15-2012, 02:52 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I bought a 3yo stallion last month.

Superb lines, fab gaits and great conformation. He did however look like a TB which isn't great for a hanno.

So we gave him a month. My YO has studs, and she is extremely knowledgeable.

I did my research, gave it a go.

He is broke to ride, but with the mares in extreme heat at the moment, I was waiting to ride later, people were making excuses for their horses bad behaviour because of my boy.

Honestly, Dubai is so relaxed if he were more relaxed he'd be going backwards. The testosterone hasn't quite kicked in.

I listed the pros and cons of stallion vs gelding, found out the requirements to register him as a stallion.

AND THE COST.

Bejeebus.

Then you have to market him as a stallion to mares.

Never keep a stallion for the sake of keeping a stallion. Its lazy ownership.

Unless I had the finances, the background, the 'name' and the facilities to have a stallion, I would geld.

Dubai is going to the clinic tomorrow to be castrated. 'Snip snap eier ab' is what they say here.

Then I'll be able to turn him out in a herd, hack out with my friends mare and go to comps with her.
     
    08-15-2012, 03:50 AM
  #7
Banned
The only con is that you can no longer breed the horse. That's about it.

Everyone else covered the pros pretty well.

I live in the American South, and it's the convention here to wait until fall and cooler weather to geld. There's usually a fair amount of drainage from a castration, so flies can be a problem. So the ideal time to geld is anytime after both testicles drop and after cool weather arrives. That tends to mean more colts are gelded at 6 - 9 months than 4, assuming spring babies.

Favorite gelding story - When I worked at a large breeding farm with a vet clinic next door, one of the vets had a couple of young TBs that she was breaking and galloping herself before sending them to the track. It's unfortunate practice with racing TBs to wait to geld until the horse is too rank to train, and sometimes wait longer than that. Pretty common to see my friend, the vet, out on the track in the AM galloping while I was doing morning chores. So one day, we're chatting while she's palpating a mare for me and this was our small talk: "How's your colt doing?" "What colt?" "The bay colt I see you on every morning on the track." "Don't have a colt. Have a gelding." "Really? Since when? " "Since 7AM. Went to get on him, he saw a mare, all his brains went between his hind legs, he dropped to her, reared and started walking toward her on his hind legs with me on him. Got off him, pulled my tack off, got my kit out of the truck. Don't own a colt. Own a gelding."

I fervently wish her attitude were more common.
     
    08-15-2012, 07:37 AM
  #8
Green Broke
In this day and age of abandoned, starved and abused horses, there are no cons to gelding a stallion.

The oldest one I ever gelded was 17 years and that was back in the 80's when there wasn't as much technology. I took him to the clinic in case they would've had to keep him over night. <--Geldings are generally done in the barnyard, in the grass

It was memorable. I thought it was so sweet the vet's dog sat, loyally, nearby in the outdoor ring while the vet castrated my horse ------until the vet was finished, grabbed the my horse's family jewels out of the bucket and tossed them to the dog --- whom I'm sure happily swallowed them whole

I, on the other hand, was pretty close to throwing up

At any rate, please geld the horse - the risks are minimal - my family's gelded a lot of horses "back in the old days" and made a lot of steers out of bulls. We never lost anybody.

Just watch him for excessive swelling which usually happens when the horse won't exercise itself, then the vet may have to come back out to re-open the drain area and give him some antibiotics.
     
    08-15-2012, 10:30 AM
  #9
Foal
There are virtually no cons to gelding a horse.

The oldest I've gelded was 24 years. He had a great run as a stallion, but was getting harder to handle the older he got. Other reasons we gelding him so late: his bloodlines fell out of favor; his preferences in mares changed to only wanting to breed greys; our plans changed; etc.

He had a little more bleeding than a younger horse, but the procedure was not hard on him. He healed at a rate equal to the younger horses we had done the same day. It took longer for the studdiness to go away, but that was about it.

Geld. There is no reason not to.
     
    08-15-2012, 10:40 AM
  #10
Trained
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
I bought a 3yo stallion last month.

Superb lines, fab gaits and great conformation. He did however look like a TB which isn't great for a hanno.

So we gave him a month. My YO has studs, and she is extremely knowledgeable.

I did my research, gave it a go.

He is broke to ride, but with the mares in extreme heat at the moment, I was waiting to ride later, people were making excuses for their horses bad behaviour because of my boy.

Honestly, Dubai is so relaxed if he were more relaxed he'd be going backwards. The testosterone hasn't quite kicked in.

I listed the pros and cons of stallion vs gelding, found out the requirements to register him as a stallion.

AND THE COST.

Bejeebus.

Then you have to market him as a stallion to mares.

Never keep a stallion for the sake of keeping a stallion. Its lazy ownership.

Unless I had the finances, the background, the 'name' and the facilities to have a stallion, I would geld.

Dubai is going to the clinic tomorrow to be castrated. 'Snip snap eier ab' is what they say here.

Then I'll be able to turn him out in a herd, hack out with my friends mare and go to comps with her.
Where do you live????that's German...schnippschnapp-Eier ab.......
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