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post #1 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Age to geld?

I was told by someone that you should geld at three years of age as this allows the horses to bulk up. We have always gelded at two so I was just curious about when is the best age to geld?
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As soon as their testicles drop. There's no real reason to keep a horse intact once he drops if he's not going to be used as a breeding stallion.
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post #3 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Can you geld before they drop? I know my guy was not dropped all the way but you could feel them. He was in with two mates who where going into heat and I was worried about him breeding them. His attitude was horrible to I don't know how many times I threatened to bash him on the head with my grandmas cast iron skillet!!
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Can you geld before they drop? I know my guy was not dropped all the way but you could feel them. He was in with two mates who where going into heat and I was worried about him breeding them. His attitude was horrible to I don't know how many times I threatened to bash him on the head with my grandmas cast iron skillet!!
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Horses tend to "suck them up" when messed with and since they're a lot smaller the younger they are, it be a bit more challanging to remove them.
We try and geld them around 6 months when the weather is cooler and the bugs are gone.
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I know he didn't much care for when the bet came out and felt around for them. He turned a gave her the dirtiest look then looked at me like I was this horrible person.lol😆 He was around two when we had him done but that was mostly having to wait for him to get in better health.
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As soon as their testicles drop. There's no real reason to keep a horse intact once he drops if he's not going to be used as a breeding stallion.
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We try and geld them around 6 months when the weather is cooler and the bugs are gone.
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and this, love to get them done and out of the way early, no reason to leave them entire at all, they grow just as well as geldings.

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post #8 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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So leaving them till three does not matter? I have heard that gelding earlier helps them grow taller? The lady who told me to wait said they gain more muscle because they get more testosterone?
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So leaving them till three does not matter? I have heard that gelding earlier helps them grow taller? The lady who told me to wait said they gain more muscle because they get more testosterone?
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Yes those can be true Bulking up due to testosterone find most that bulk goes to the neck plus you have to deal with those hormones!! Why would you want to??? As far as growing taller I believe that. I had a gelding,done at 4 months of age. He was not a big baby at all,His parents in 15hh range. I just hoped he'd make that. He ended up 15.3 & 1300lbs
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post #10 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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I don't but she was very pushy about. She's one of those who knows everything and her way is best. I just had never heard that before and wondered about whether it was true or not.
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