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post #11 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 02:38 PM
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I have an Arabian gelding who wasn't gelded until he was 5 y/o, right before I got him. He's a very studdy gelding, and it's annoying when we're around mares as he sometimes acts as if he still has his testicles.

A few harsh words and an occasional flick with a whip takes care of Mr. Studly, but I'd much rather have a gelding who didn't act that way. He's the first one I've ever owned who did, and I have no patience for that kind of behavior.

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post #12 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 04:31 PM
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I got my colt gelded the second he dropped at 10 months old. I had people tell me I should wait a bit longer, let him fill out more, etc. But, he had brain damage. He turned nasty the second he dropped offering to kick me multiple times which he had never even thought of doing before. Snip snip and right away he was back to the same sweet boy.

I personally wouldn't wait. I think you would struggle and fight and constantly be on guard for the one or two years of waiting after they've dropped. Then when the time finally comes and they make a large personality change (though it may be too late for such a change then) you'll be kicking yourself in the butt for not doing it sooner. I would personally want to keep my boy a calm tempered "early" gelding than deal with a crazy unpredictable stud with brain damage for two unnecessary years, but that's just me LOL.
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post #13 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 05:21 PM
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I like to geld anywhere between 6 months and a year, no point in keeping them intact longer then need be, and that way I feel safe kicking them out to pasture with mares and filly's, just in case there hormones kick in early I don't want them trying to cover any of the ladies lol. And id rather not have any of the colts develop that studdy behavior, its just easier to deal with them. Although if I feel the colt is stud worthy I may keep him intact longer and revaluate him every few months if he passes my "tests". But as soon as I feel he's not worthy anymore he loses the family jewels...
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post #14 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 09:33 PM
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When someone's pushy with their knowledge/opinion, I picture myself as a silent cliff, with waves crashing against it. I'm intelligent enough to source my information and confident in my ability to apply the best solution for MY circumstances.

And I gelded our colt at 6 months. ;)
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post #15 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 11:41 PM
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More often than not I gelded my colts at about 6 months as soon as the weather cooled enough for the flies to be gone. Then once they were fully recovered they got weaned. Gelding before weaning kept them moving because they wanted to follow mom around and kept them from having a double stress whammy laid on them.

I've waited until later to have some gelded but have found over the years the sooner you have it done the easier it is on the colt.
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post #16 of 23 Old 11-11-2013, 11:47 PM
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I waited until roman dropped aroun 13 months. For those two days he was an absolute *** to deal with. Snip snip!!
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post #17 of 23 Old 11-12-2013, 01:09 AM
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I do not retain any males that are foaled here. I usually pass that responsibility on to the new owner. If the colt is still here at 2 he is gelded. That has only happened twice though.
I have not seen the type of behavior described here when males drop and they turn into raging demons overnight. It is between 18 months and 2 years of age that I start to see the colts show any interest in the mares and fillies. I also do not tolerate any aggression at any age from a horse. If a colt wants to get too playful he learns early on that I will reprimand him. Period. I have no patience with an unmanagable horse...
I would not wait longer than 2-3 years of age to geld any horse. After that they already act like stallions to some degree. The older they are at gelding the more they retain the attitude of a stallion.
If he is not a stallion prospect why wait? From my experience I notice that the younger they are gelded the less complications.
Also keep in mind anyone that is so adamant about how things should be done have ulterior motives and getting you to comply boost their low self esteem. Shalom
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post #18 of 23 Old 11-12-2013, 06:59 AM
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I gelded mine before he was a year old. It's a lot easier on them to heal earlier than later. Very little to no swelling.
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post #19 of 23 Old 11-12-2013, 07:26 AM
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I really haven't seen any geldings gain extra muscling and bulk by not being gelded until 3. Even the stallion we brought here and gelded when he was 5 years of age lost his obvious stallion neck about a year after the procedure as there is no testosterone to maintain that extra muscle. He ended up looking similar in muscling as the other gelding we had here of the same breed that had been gelded before a year of age.

Want nice muscle? Feed well and keep them in an active workout. Don't want pregnant mares or studdy behavior? Geld young.
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post #20 of 23 Old 11-12-2013, 03:02 PM
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6months to a year. Any older I find their big brain kicking off so they can start the little one , UNLESS I see stallion potential and have a place for him

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