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post #11 of 14 Old 11-30-2014, 02:02 PM
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Honestly, there is no logical reason to leave a colt as a stud unless you plan on using them for breeding. A gelding lives a much happier life than a stallion that never breeds. It would be stressful and frustrating for a mini stallion to be pastured with a mare that may never lay down or cooperate for him to do the deed, stallions are hard wired for breeding. As soon as the young colt drops, you can geld. Talk to your vet about temperature and bugs as those two factors will effect healing and comfort. Also, when a colt is gelded, they still have viable sperm in their system for a few weeks (they just cannot produce additional sperm). A freshly gelded colt can impregnate mares.
SunnyDraco I too was under the impression that a recently gelded colt still had viable sperm. However when I had a colt gelded this year I asked the vet who instructs at a local university how long I should keep him separate from the mares. He informed me that after being gelded he could not impregnate any mares but would need a month or so before his hormones settled down..
I am aware that small stallions have impregnated mares. I used my examples as proof it is unlikely and both mare and stallion would have to coordinate their movements to be successful.
It took Cassius who bred his first mares this spring several attempts and two days before he was successful on both mares.
Young stallions know what they are supposed to do but are very clumsy and excited on their first attempts at breeding. Shalom
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-30-2014, 05:55 PM
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Is it likely no, does it happen yes. Do any of those two statements mean anything if its your mare in foal to a stallion you don't want her in foal to? As with all things practice makes perfect and why let this little guy "practice" if he will never be called to serve. I would say geld him and if he has not dropped in six months (assuming he is a yearling) than assume he is a crypt and take the appropriate steps. Gelding will really depend on the vet and the size of the horse.

In most cases, mini's cost less in after surgery antibiotics; however, the tranquilization, procedure and risk to the doctor are all remarkably the same. People might think its safer because its a small horse but the doctor is performing the procedure on their knees (if they do standing procedures) so the risk is remarkably similar.
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-01-2014, 12:29 PM
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Exactly Rookie.

Horse is 7 months atm.

Not only does practice make perfect but even if he literally could NOT impregnate her that is a LOT of emotional and physical stress TRYING too. Look at all these stallions that pace and are hard keepers, or that video posted (I don't find that funny at all and am getting pretty sick of all the "horsie porn" on youtube..seriously?) do you really think that horse lives a happy stressfree life?

That horse specifically WAS a gelding, fwiw that is NOT normal behavior for a late gelded stallion and if it is the horse needs to be treated just like it was when it was intact.

So even aside from the pregnancy and "how to handle a stallion" things in MANY cases it is VERY hard on the horse having that "MUST BREED MUST BREED" mindset. I believe I remember Stacy Westfall gelding a very talented stallion solely so he could live a normal happy life.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-01-2014, 02:01 PM
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I've known of a pony who managed to mount a way bigger mare, by standing behind her on a slope.
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