Is It Too Late to Geld?

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    01-16-2011, 03:56 AM
Is It Too Late to Geld?

I have known a few stallions and have owned one stallion for 7 years now and he is pretty much behaved. He has his moments when mares are in heat but not bad so I know a bit about stallions and they can be trained but I also know how much time it takes and not all stallions are the same.

Now, I have another stallion who is 3 years old and is having issues. Don't blame him. He is in a new environment and is maturing. Testosterone is getting the best of him. He has bred before because he escaped and very aggressive to other horses specifically stallions, sometimes geldings. He also won't eat at all if he can see a mare *in heat or not*. He has lost a bit of weight. Riding is generally ok I have to keep a distance from other horses. He does all the gaits except a gallop. . .still trying to figure that problem out.

This could be just a phase as he is still young but he I'm worried about not eating and being to aggressive that he should be gelded for safety reasons and maybe making him a bit more relaxed.

Since he is 3 years old and has covered a few horses would it be to late to geld him? I have been told that it is.
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    01-16-2011, 04:05 AM
Nope! You can geld ANY horse.

I wouldn't wait with him, personally.
    01-16-2011, 07:41 AM
Absolutely not too late. I've owned horses off the track who were gelded at 4 and 5.
    01-16-2011, 08:36 AM
I really don't think it's to late. We gelded a stallion who was 12 years old and he is very nice now, fairly well mannered, without any stallion behaviour at all. We gelded another one who was 18 years old. It's to soon to say something about him yet because we gelded him just 2 months ago and he still acts like a stallion.
    01-16-2011, 09:52 AM
It's never to late to geld.. good stallions make better geldings. Old timers will tell you that it takes one month for every year the 'new' gelding is for the testosterone to leave.. so him being 3 would be 3 months for him to be a complete gelding.. I'd give him 6 months lol
    01-16-2011, 10:02 AM
I've read some things and studies that there were times that gelding didn't have any effect at all but the chances were small. Can't remember the exact figure. Heard it would take a year for the testosterone levels to drop. Thanks. Shall be reading more. :)
    01-16-2011, 10:09 AM
As long as your vet is a good vet and gets the epididymis it will make a difference
    01-16-2011, 10:35 AM
Even if it has no real effect on his mentality, isn't it worth it knowing that he wont break fences and breed without your knowledge?

We had a stud gelded at 19-20 a few years back and his behavior stopped almost as soon as he was healed.
    01-16-2011, 06:48 PM
It's not too late to geld. It will make a difference. Stallions that are gelded usually settle down. They still may act studly at times, but they will not be as difficult to handle and as aggresive as they were before. If he is gelded, the testosterone won't "take over." I think it's better to geld so nobody gets hurt.
    01-17-2011, 10:54 AM
Never too late to geld.

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