Should I geld? (Sorry for the repeat)

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Should I geld? (Sorry for the repeat)

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    01-01-2008, 05:16 PM
Should I geld? (Sorry for the repeat)

I also posted this in breeding...sorry for the repeat.

I have two younger stallions, 2 and 3 years old. They came to me about 3 weeks ago in pretty bad shape. Extremely neglected nutritionally as well as healthwise (grooming and parasite control). I wormed all of them and am "shocking" their systems with vitamins and minerals, and they are showing improvement.

My questions is this: I would like to geld both of them, but wonder if it would benefit them to keep them whole for the next year or so until they fully develop. I think due to neglect they won't grow to their full potential, but will gelding them further lessen the chance? I am aware that in a normal situation that would have no effect, and imagine in my situation as well. Just thought I would ask.

I want to wait at least another month until they are healthier so that their bodies are better able to deal with the effects of the procedure, but am wondering if there is any reason to wait longer.


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    01-01-2008, 07:24 PM
Ask your vet.
    01-01-2008, 09:17 PM
Re: Should I geld? (Sorry for the repeat)

Gelding will actually help them grow taller. Keeping the horse whole will make the more muscle bound with a thicker neck, but it actually keeps the horse from groing too tall. I would definitely geld as soon as your vet clears them for it.
    01-01-2008, 11:27 PM
I replied on the oter thread but yes geld......
    01-02-2008, 12:55 PM
I agree with Lane's post in the other thread: get them 100% healthy to deal with possible infections, then geld.
    01-02-2008, 07:08 PM
Its wierd to read this.

Gelding is like a non-issue where I'm from. Its like as soon as they turn 1, the vets are there scheduling the appointment and checking their progress.

I worked for a vet for a while, it's a pretty routine surgery the way I saw it. We even did a few donkeys .
    01-04-2008, 09:41 PM
It is routine, the problem in this case is that they have reached sexual maturity. There will be more bleeding and more recovery time since there is more blood flow and tissue mass. You're doing a good thing by waiting until they are healthy; the last thing you want is a big bacterial infection.

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