How Long After Gelding?
Hello, we acquired a mini stallion a few months back, he is a doll, acts like a big dog. Well we are getting him gelded this week and my daughter really wants a pony she can ride (the mini was for my 2 & 1/2 year old). How long should we wait after getting him gelded to bring in another pony? We have looked at a few but they are all mares, so I am wondering if we should wait before bringing one home. (They would share a pasture) Thank you in advance!
I believe a stallion can still settle a mare 2 weeks after he's been gelded. Someone else who's more up-to-date on breeding should chime in though.
It is more like a month (I know crazy huh??) He can really hurt himself if he tries to breed too, so best to wait, even if you think you can try to keep them separate.
Best to wait a while, even though there is no set date as each horse is different. The reason stallions are still fertile weeks after gelding is due to the vans deferens. The tubes that move the ejaculate out of the the stallions body. While he doesn't have testicles anymore he will still have viable sperm 'waiting' in his vans deferens. The production of testosterone will also take a while to slow down, and another feature of the testosterone will help the sperm to stay viable for longer.
Waiting a few weeks will help the sperm die off (as they still have an 'expiry date' after being released from the testicles, its just longer in the vans deferens than the uterus), but also help with his behaviour if he is particularly 'studish' towards other horses, whether it be a mare or gelding.
Thank you all for your replies. I guess I should add he's never been bred, and he is the only horse here right now so I don't really know how he acts towards others. We got him from a mini farm, I did notice he stood near the fence looking at the girls (about 600 feet away from him), but he didn't pace the fence or act nutty. He has been much like a dog, we have trained him so far that I can put the 2&1/2 year old on his back and lead him around with no problems. He lunges well, stands for grooming, enjoys baths etc. My daughter has brought him in the house 4 or 5 times, he just walks around checking things out and then migrates to wherever the people are lol His only issue is when you feed him, he is protective of his feed (not hay though). He just pins his ears and lets you know dinner time is not a good time to visit with him ;-) He will kick at the dog while eating, but as of yet, not the people.
My daughter is eager for a pony, but I don't want to rush him or bring out any bad behavior because he has been so very good. On another note, because he is a stallion (approx. 6yo) he has lived most of his life pastured alone, could that cause problems as well bringing in a pasture friend?
Thank you all again for your input, I really appreciate it :-)
nawww he sounds very sweet :) good idea about not rushing, it always takes time with a new pony. If you were only to bring in one other pony I would more lean towards a gelding (personal choice, obviously you don't have too) and have the gelding on trial to see how things work out.
The only reason I would go a gelding is so then they can form a bit of a 'bro pack' even though he was not bred, it doesn't mean that he would 'feel his oats' if he is put in with a mare, but on the other hand if you leave it for a bit he may be perfectly fine.
Was there any reason he was left by himself as a stallion? As in, did the owners say he was mean to other geldings, or was that just the way he was kept at that property?
I'm not sure if they even had geldings there, I only saw stallions and mares. The mares were kept together and the stallions all had their own separate pastures. It was on over 100 acres so it just may be that they had the space for it. But again, I don't remember seeing or hearing about geldings there. They were selling out due to divorce so by the time I got there it was pretty slim pickings. He was kept up by the house right next to the pool so he had the most people/kid contact, that's why we chose him.
Getting a gelding may not be a bad idea, like I said we have been looking and so far all I have found that would work for her in my price range has been mares. But if we have another 4-6 weeks to look, I will lean towards finding him a "bro" lol
Again I appreciate the help, it's been 15 years since I've had horses, and they were always one at a time, boarding facility kept, ex-racers. Much different than minis or ponies, and less work than right in your back yard with no barn owner/pro for advice :-)
I hope everything works out for you, he does sound really sweet. Good luck!
Gelded at 6 he may stay studly. And if there's mares 600' off he might get a wiff and act studly. Mare or gelding as a buddy I don't think will really matter in the long run. But I personally would want a seperate pen just in case. He may be fine. He may never stop acting studly. Till ya know its best to be prepared.
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