when to geld a horse(help)

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    03-09-2007, 12:58 AM
when to geld a horse(help)

Does anyone have any suggestions on how old a horse should be to geld?He is now 17 months old.Some people are telling me to wait till he is at least 2. But my concerns are the bad studdly habits he is getting like wanting to nip at me and he knows it's wrong before he does it. Another thing is he really doesn't like anyone but me and I've been told this could be from him being a stud.He will make every step that I do and nieghs at me everytime he sees me he just recently started nipping but when someone else comes around he becomes a diffrent horse.
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    03-09-2007, 11:58 AM
Most people I know geld between 4-6 months. IMO you've waited too long. I'd suggest you geld him NOW and not wait any longer. There's another discussion going on about this and people's opinions differ, but I personally see no reason to wait until a horse is 1, much less 2!
    03-11-2007, 08:33 PM
I read differant things about age if you leave it to long he will remember what the opposite sex is I once read that some people if they know the colt isnt going to make a good stallion then they have it done young then the colt still suckles of his mum taking antibodies of his mums milk that sounds kind to me, then others wait till there one, but I think why wait till he's 2 and becomes a pain to everyone if you want him gelded then get him done before he gets out of hand
    03-12-2007, 12:39 PM
Thanks for the info. He's actually got an appointment tomorrow to get done!I don't want to wait any longer.He's such a good horse and I don't want any more bad behavoir. Hopefully this helps with the nipping at me all the time.And with the not wanting anybody but me around him because he was not like that before!Thanks again!
    03-15-2007, 11:27 PM
My little stud is no longer.He's been gelded and is doing great!
    03-16-2007, 05:55 PM
I am glad to hear that your little guy is doing great. I still think you will be his buddy just because you have a bond. I hope he makes a wonderful horse for you. Nothing beats a good horse.
    03-22-2007, 08:24 PM
I like to wait until they are two, unless they start acting study like yours did. In that case I do it ASAP.

You might find it interesting, they did a study years ago and found that horses that are gelded early tend to get one inch taller than those that are cut after two years. I can't confirm this buts it is interesting.

I like a horse cut between 18 and 24 months because they tent to look more masculine. After your horse is cut he will still be studly for another month or so.

Now that your colt is cut don't forget to walk the swelling out each day.
    03-22-2007, 10:53 PM
Thanks curly for the info.That is very interesting!I did walk him like I was instructed to do.He's doing great.He swelled for about a day or 2 but is doing great now.He's an 18 month old arabian and is 13.2 hands I'm hoping he gets to be 14.2. What do you think?His mother was about 14.2 and is father was about 15.2
    03-22-2007, 11:03 PM
I think its pretty likely that he will get atleast that. I am not really schooled on the arabian breed but a QH or TB will sure grow a bunch after 18 months. The QH for example will keep growing until he is 5 sometimes 6. 8)

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