I have a 9 month old colt that I will be gelding. I did a quick search on here to see if I could find an older thread on this, but couldn’t seem to find any.
What age do you geld your boys? I have always done my guys during the winter months as a yearling (with no flies) so I’m still good for a bit, but I’m not sure if I should geld in the next month or wait until next fall when he’s a bit older.
He is a “coltish” boy, but I’m on a private farm and have no problems handling him. He just loves to play and chew anything he can. A very typical boy. He’s turned out with 4 other geldings ranging in ages of 3-26 years old and he’s at the bottom (as he should be) but does play rough with them, and gets told of course, but will come right back at them.
I’m sure it sounds silly, but I know there has been some recent studies on dogs and later neutering (especially for giant breed dogs) due to quick growth once fixed and hip dysplasia, acl tears etc due to the quick growth. I know when I gelded my last guy as a yearling, he shot up as well and ended up tall and lanky. I purchased a coming 2 year old colt that I gelded then, and he filled out quite well, did not get lanky and is a solid boy, and only grew 1 inch (he’s 13 now). I know horses are different than dogs of course, and a coltish boy is a lot more difficult to handle than a 100lb dog, but not sure if anything can be said about this??
My vet does not geld, but I did just contact a local vet that does and asked them what age they suggest, but I would love the wisdom of COTH as well.
Thanks in advance.