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post #11 of 22 Old 04-26-2016, 02:08 PM
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Agree Gelding him is #1 answer !! There is a couple well known stallions that are have just have one,that said they have to be exceptional for someone to overlook that flaw Cryp surgery can be expensive performed by most vets,as quoted in previous posts,but most responsible choice to make.
Know I have one vet that charges not much more than regular gelding,as he is proficient in the surgery but not many like him around

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We looked into gypsy vanners and fell in love with the breed. I wanted to start off with fillies but my husband fell in love with this colt so I was over ruled. We've had him with a gelded quarter horse for a little over a year now. He is an awesome boy. We started him under the saddle and has learned very quickly. We had the intent to breed later after we EVENTUALLY have good mares, but I just learned about "cryptorchids". So we will most likely now geld him and look for a different stallion prospect OR just geld him and get a few mares with no breeding at all.
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Why now? I believed now was better than when we're older. I found my husband who shares my dreams of having a ranch. We were able to buy 20 acres (which isn't very big, I know) but big enough to have just a handful of gypsies for our own enjoyment with our children. We want our children to grow up with that kind of atmosphere.
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We looked into gypsy vanners and fell in love with the breed. I wanted to start off with fillies but my husband fell in love with this colt so I was over ruled. We've had him with a gelded quarter horse for a little over a year now. He is an awesome boy. We started him under the saddle and has learned very quickly. We had the intent to breed later after we EVENTUALLY have good mares, but I just learned about "cryptorchids". So we will most likely now geld him and look for a different stallion prospect OR just geld him and get a few mares with no breeding at all.
Good for you, Aimee! And he will probably make a fantastic gelding! If you do want to breed Gypsy Vanners some day, take your time, join a vanner club and do your research so that you can pick out a nice one.

I am personally glad to hear your decision as I watched 2 nice chryptorchids get shipped straight to slaughter in recent years because the owners didn't know what they bought and were not willing to spend the money on a complete gelding. I had several other clients who were sold registered AQHAs and Paints that were half gelded and after almost being hurt badly, they went ahead and had it done. Those ended up being wonderful, long time family horses.
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post #15 of 22 Old 04-26-2016, 03:11 PM
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As a breeder who also has stallion(s), I'm going to say GELD him before he gets any ideas and forms bad habits. Cryptorchids or Ridglings are (AMAZING! Horse Forum and spell check doesn't recognize those 2 terms!) majorly flawed and should not be bred on. I'll even go so far as to say, if my stallion had 1 crypt by one mare that may be a one off thing, but if it happened twice or more with different mares, that stallion would become a gelding because HE would obviously be the problem in the equation.

As a stallion owner/breeder I will tell you that logistics become very difficult when you have mares in heat, a stallion and limited (20 Acres) space. If you really want to breed, buy a couple of TOP QUALITY(very best you can afford) mares and buy breedings to proven stallions. That way you still get the foals and you don't have to do the horsey shuffle on short notice.

Quick little example: We are under severe weather warnings, possible tornadoes & large hail and frequent cloud to ground lightnintg strikes, today. I had a doctors appt. in the city this morning so decided to stall them all until I got back so I didn't have to worry about injuries from weather. Stallion is in his nice, sturdy stallion stall and I called in all the girls. Two of them we had just teased last night and their reactions were, "HO HUM, where's dinner?", so ok to stall next to him. This morning? Both ran up to his stall and said, "OH HAY BIG BOY! Whatcha doin'?" and indicated their willingness to give him something to do. I ended up shuffling the stall assignments to make sure either pregnant mares or geldings were right next to him. Made me late for my appointment. I wouldn't trade him for the world, but sometimes.........hormones.

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The fact that you ask this question and call your horse a stallion when he is only two years therefore a colt and posted in New to Horse, raises red flags.

As others have said the retained testicle is a major and dangerous flaw. As said, some vets will remove the showing testicle and leave the hidden one which means the horse will still have stallion tendencies and majority of people are not equipped with the knowledge, understanding and experience to manage a stud.

A stallion also has, generally speaking, a lonely life as they have to be seperated from other horses.

You might not like the answers you have received, they have come from people with many years of experience and are truthful
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I don't mind the truth at all. I appreciate all of the answers. Some have attitude which is unnecessary, but oh well. I am learning, and nothing's wrong with that. If I never asked and bred him anyway, THAT would have been wrong.
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I'm also new to the forum, I thought I was in the "New to Horses" category. I didn't want to offend anyone with that question, but I don't know any horse people so I thought this would be an "ok" place to ask.
Of course it is an OK place to ask, and you have plenty of answers, unusually for a forum all are in broad agreement, believe me that is rare


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I don't mind the truth at all. I appreciate all of the answers. Some have attitude which is unnecessary, but oh well. I am learning, and nothing's wrong with that. If I never asked and bred him anyway, THAT would have been wrong.
I have read again and no one has an attitude, as you say you are new, stick around for a while, you will discover that everyone has their own method of delivery. You will also find out that any subject that touches on breeding is a hot topic, and that is the case for most forums.

See your last statement "if I had never asked and bred him anyway, that would have been wrong" just reinforces the worry. There is just so much involved in owning and handling a stallion, so much more if you decide to have a breeding stallion, people are concerned that you have not got the knowledge to consider this yet.

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Info is awesome, thanks to all.
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Hi, I'm new to this so please excuse any mistakes. We bought our stallion a year ago as a yearling and we noticed then that he only had one testicle. He is now 2 and the other one still hasn't dropped. His trainer said it still may drop but most likely it won't. We want to keep him a stallion to eventually have babies but is that even possible?
What breed is he?
Far as Appaloosas, and I imagine AQHA also, as the stock horse breeds seem to be similar in rules, a colt must have both testicles dropped by age 2, or he is a crypt, and thus excluded from being able to be used as a stallion, and must be gelded.
Check your breed association rules
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