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post #1 of 6 Old 09-17-2008, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Gelding VS Not Gelding

I'm sure, like me, most have been told conflicting stories on this.

Is a horse going to be taller if you geld or do not geld?
Is a horse going to be thicker if you geld or do not geld?

I finally got a actually answer and a reason why from the vet awhile back. Before I tell what he said I want to hear what everyone else has been told on this topic.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-17-2008, 12:23 PM
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I've always been told that gelding has nothing to do with the height of the horse but it does have to do with the thickness of muscling the horse gets. The vet has always said the older you geld the the more time it gives the muscles and body to develop into the stallion stud body which I have seen happen in most cases.

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A gelding might be slightly taller because the growth plates do not close as quickly as they do in a stud (testosterone does it). However, its going to be a pretty minimal difference.

As to changes in physique...I've heard varying reports on this. Some people say that the horse might retain a thicker neck and heavier jowls, especially if they are gelded late. Some say these characteristics disappear after the horse is gelded. I'm guessing that any horse gelded before 5 isn't going to have these pronounced physical features...but I'm interested to hear what your vet said about it.
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Two good replies already. The height of a horse should not be affected and if so it will be very lightly. Stallions mature quicker because of the release of hormones they receive vs the lack thereof with geldings. As for thickness, stallions will normally be more muscular in profile. They will be more cresty and have a larger jaw. All the changes you see are caused mainly because of the hormones produced by the testes which geldings no longer have.
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Well here is what my vet told me, not saying it's right, but a I respect that he was able to give me an answer with some knowledge behind it.

He said that if you geld (before 8 months of age) They could grow up to a hand and half more (6 inches) But a hand is very common, not really much taller. Because as Sara said the testosterone (sp) closes the growth plates in a horses legs.

If you live them as a stud they will get more muscle thru out the whole body.
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Well here is what my vet told me, not saying it's right, but a I respect that he was able to give me an answer with some knowledge behind it.

He said that if you geld (before 8 months of age) They could grow up to a hand and half more (6 inches) But a hand is very common, not really much taller. Because as Sara said the testosterone (sp) closes the growth plates in a horses legs.

If you live them as a stud they will get more muscle thru out the whole body.
I appreciate the input Fehr on this one. Cobalt was gelded at 8 months of age. He is quite tall already for his age and breeding. It would be nice to see him grow taller than what was originally planned out. I should ask my local vet as well to see what he says.

Excellent topic.
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