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  • Is it too late to geld a 9 year old stallion
  • I have a 9 year old stud is it too late to geld him

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    11-08-2011, 11:57 PM
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Is it too late to geld?

I'm gelding my 9 year old stallion this year (he's an incredible boy and we keep him at home so no issues there - I just want him to be my sons horse and kids can't show stallions).

Now my question is whether it is too late in the year to geld him? I know a lot of people say fall or spring when bugs are down. I live in Illinois so I would expect snow to be falling in the next month or less (more likely less).

Would there be any major issues with gelding him now instead of waiting for spring (as I'd like him healed up before show season)?
     
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    11-09-2011, 12:01 AM
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Well my vet always suggests to geld when its cold. And as far as the age goes, ges not to to old my friend gelded her breeding stud at the age of 20 for the same reasons and he had no problem
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    11-09-2011, 12:05 AM
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Age isn't an issue with me. I'm going to pay extra to have him gelded at the vets office in case something goes wrong but I'm not too worried about his age as he's in excellent health.

Thank you :)
     
    11-09-2011, 12:50 AM
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This is an excellent time of year. Just make him get plenty of exercise after gelding.

I gelded a 20 year old some time back and gelded a 9 year old 2 years ago. I bought him for a teasing stallion and gelded him at the end of the breeding season when it WAS hot and we had bugs (not the ideal situation but that is when the end of the breeding season is). Both were just fine and made really nice geldings.
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    11-09-2011, 08:43 PM
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Agreed Cherie.
     
    11-09-2011, 08:46 PM
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I now a own a gelding that was a breeding stallion until he was 12 & gelded in November. Right now is the perfect time, his testosterone is down.
     

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