Will gelding help his confidence levels?

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    03-15-2012, 11:36 AM
Will gelding help his confidence levels?

Didn't know where to put this, so if it's in the wrong section, sorry...

I talked to a trainer the other day and she said that in her experience, stallions are more timid than mares and geldings. We were talking about my boy Jaxxon, and I was asking her what I could do to work with him to help his confidence levels.

She said that gelding a stallion will boost his confidence a bit. I didn't exactly understand what all she was saying, but that stood out...

My Jaxxon is a cryptorchid stallion. He is going to be gelded later this year or early next year... whenever I get the money. Hopefully I can get him gelded this summer... It's only going to cost $400, but that's money that I do not have right now.

But I was just wondering... does gelding a horse help with their confidence levels? Jax is a good boy, he's just a bit timid about things and has always been that way. Will gelding him help?
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    03-15-2012, 11:50 AM
It really depends on the stallion and his attitude. But usually yes. I had a stallion he bred my mare and I gelded him, but he was the most gentle horse I have ever seen for being a stallion, I mean I was only 14 at the time and I trail rode him and just rode bareback and I did everything with him. The only reason I got him gelded was because the rules are that 18 and over could only handle stallions at a show and im not 18, but if I was 18 he would still be a stallion. So it really depends on what you wana do.
    03-15-2012, 11:51 AM
Well then... I learned something new! Lol...
    03-15-2012, 11:53 AM
Haha there is a lot to learn about horses!!! But how is his attitude? Does he act study when you get him around other mares?
    03-15-2012, 11:56 AM
He gets a lil excited, but nothing unmanageable. My 12 year old cousin can ride him along the fenceline with the mares hanging over it and making googly eyes and he's fine except for a little bit of looking, lol. You can get his attention back on yourself very easily.
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    03-15-2012, 12:01 PM
Well then... If you wan't to keep him as a stallion then keep him, if you don't get him cut
    03-15-2012, 12:12 PM
Green Broke
As a crypt please don't breed him. I'm a big fan of "breed the best to the best and hope for the best". Breeding any stallion without spectacular conformation, breeding and proven in a disapline is never a good idea, particularly if he is a crypt. I would get him gelded asap. As far as confidence, all the stallions i've known had no issues in that department, and i've never noticed a colt getting more confident after gelding.

Just as an after thought, even the nicest stallion can be unpredictable and needs an experienced hand. I have experience and I was brushing a stallion(well behaved), using all precautions, when he had a bad day, jumped and ended up breaking my leg.
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    03-15-2012, 12:20 PM
That's not good
    03-15-2012, 12:24 PM
If he's naturally timid, gelding him isn't going to help that. What gelding WILL do is take his focus off the girls, and make him even more tractable.

If he's crypt he shouldn't be bred anyway, as that's an inheritable trait from what I understand. He'll be much happier as a gelding.
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    03-15-2012, 04:53 PM
I have no intentions to breed him. I fully intend on gelding as I don't need a stud. When I got him, he hadn't dropped and my vet and his then-owners vet both thought he was a gelding. He only dropped back in December. I've had him looked at by avet and it's been confirmed that he's a crypt. I've also been told the risks of keeping him intact as he is and I am going to geld him. I was going to geld him regardless after finding the one plum dropped. Lol.

He will be much happier as a gelding, as he's currently pastured alone (well, with a few cows) and doesn't like it, lol. I'll feel a lot better when I can geld him and put him with the other horses.

The vet said there's a huge possibility that he's infertile, and I hope he is because he has serviced my cousin's mare when she broke through the fence and got in with him, the floozy. Hopefully she's not bred, but at least my cousin isn't upset over it. She understands that accidents happen and it was her mares fault, lol.

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