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  • Stallion physical characteristics
  • Traits of stallions

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    02-26-2007, 01:51 PM
Another Stallion question...

Hi everyone, I have a 7 month old beautiful black quarter horse colt. I may have him gelded but haven't made up my mind yet. Is it true that the longer he goes without gelding the more stallion traits he will have physcially that is? Or will he develop the same whether he is gelded or not?
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    02-26-2007, 02:37 PM
It is very much true the longer you leave em the more of a stallion they become! I would personally get him done ASAP.
    02-26-2007, 04:48 PM
    02-27-2007, 05:18 PM
There's no reason to have a stallion around if you're not going to use him for breeding. Gelded horses develop just fine and always have. No, they don't develop with the same traits as stallions but if a person wanted stallion traits I'd assume they'd have kept him as a stallion. That's why some people geld at 4 months. Having stallion around can be risky and require alot more responsibility than geldings and mares. If you're not sure about whether or not to geld him, I suggest you do alot of research about stallion management and if possible visit some breeding farms and see what stallions are really like on a daily basis.
    02-27-2007, 11:06 PM
Yes, I believe it is true they have more of the physical traits of a stallion if they are gelded later. For example, my friends horse was gelded very late, and his neck is so thick! (this is just one example, there are many more so this isn't just acoincidence but I am too lazy to write them hah)
    02-28-2007, 02:45 AM
I too have a colt. I have a 14 month old breeding stock paint and I will be gelding him next month. I have kept him a stallion until now because I wanted him to bulk up as a stallion would. I will be showing him halter this year and wanted all the muscle tone I could get. I am now going to cut him because I do not want a stallion. He is very well mannered, is handled daily and does not have any of the "stallion" traits right now. This is my first stallion but I have the help of someone with lots of experience.

This is what I have decided to do and why - I hope it helps.

My advice wuould be to do the research and make the decision based on what is best for the horse and you.

    03-05-2007, 06:12 AM
Generally, the younger you geld a horse, the taller he becomes, the older you geld a horse (or if kept a stallion) the thicker, or more muscular he becomes. Stallions can, and sometimes do, continue to grow in their 5th, 6th, and 7th years. (I have a 6 y/o stallion myself and he is continuing to both get taller and more muscular. Although the height has slowed down quite a bit.

Unless you are going to be using your stallion to breed there is no reason to keep him one. A horse can be gelded as soon as both of his testicals drop. We like to do it at 3-6 months if possible. They are much easier to handle once gelded, you don't get any oops babies, and if you geld them before they know "what it's all about" then you have less of a chance of having a gelding that mounts everything he sees. (yes, a gelding can, mount a mare. She won't get pregnant, but diseases can be spread that way, along with harming your mare.)

There is a saying............A good stallion makes a GREAT gelding!

Get it done asap.
    03-05-2007, 01:04 PM
I asked my vet how I should approach gelding my horse when talking to my husband. He was very sensitive to the issue and thought it was cruel.

When I found out my stallion prospect was unable to be registered due to loss of the Dam's papers (along with he was turning out too small) I knew I needed to geld him. My husband said I should avoid the "trauma" of gelding and just let him enjoy his life as a stallion. Now, im a bit blunt, and I just said something to the effect of: "There is no way I am allowing myself to get hurt by this horse because he has so much unbridled testosterone. It is a safer option for me as his handler to geld him" then my vet told me to tell him this.... and suddenly he was all for gelding him.. LOL:

"If you keep your horse a stallion and do not intend on breeding him, he will live a very sexually frustrated life. Gelding him lets him live longer, grow taller, and have a happy life."

If you arent going to use him to breed, i'd geld him =/ Its better in the long run.. and as TxHorseMom said... a good stallion makes a great gelding!
    03-05-2007, 01:14 PM
    03-05-2007, 09:23 PM
Yes, three to six months. Their immune system is fine at that age. The got their immunities fromt their mom withing the first day of life (through the colostrum). They can be gelded and then seperated (with mom) from the herd to heal, or if weaned, it's not a problem.

There are some colts that can and do breed at young ages (I'm talking 9-10 months)

It's actually harder on them the older they are. Takes longer to heal, theres a larger incision, etc.

I would not recommend gelding a cryptorchid at that young an age, but if they are both dropped, they can be gelded.

Most of my foals are creep feeding along with their moms by 3 months and are weaned by 6 months. So they are not eating just milk.

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