I know. You have a really nice colt, maybe he was a premium foal at his inspection, the judge really liked him and everybody says he is stallion material.
I have heard all these things frequently about many of the colts I see and I have even harbored some of these thoughts and feelings about my own colts.
I didn’t geld the first one until he was two, but I sent him off to a big breeding farm to be part of a foal raising program and so I did not have to deal with him.
I asked them to evaluate him for me before I made the decision and they had only two minor reasons for gelding him:
1. He did not have a beautiful head (it’s nice, but not as nice as his sire), and
2. He was starting to act studdish with the other colts and geldings in his paddock.
I thought those were good reasons to go ahead and geld him.
The competition for warmblood breeding stallions is high. Because of A.I. (artificial insemination), you are not just competing with the warmblood stallions in your area or even the U.S., you are competing with the world!
You need a stallion that is really going to get attention and that means that he has to look great!
There are too many really nice stallions out there to even try with one that doesn’t knock people’s socks off when they see him.
Until the stallion has some offspring that are old enough to be showing, his conformation, pedigree, and presence are what sell breedings. People have to say “WOW!” when they look at him.
In my opinion, no one should keep a horse that is dangerous. Studdish stallions can be dangerous, especially in the wrong hands.
If you are experienced with handling stallions and know how to react to their behavior and train them to respect you, you already know which ones to geld.
It is natural behavior for stallions to challenge each other, but when it transfers to people it must be stopped. For most people the answer is to geld the colt.
So if your colt is “knocks-your-socks-off” beautiful and he has a kind and gentle character – you might not want to geld him.
Additionally you should know how or be able to hire someone to handle a stallion, and if your want to breed him you will need to be able to pay the expenses of taking him to the stallion approvals, and be prepared for the expense of advertising and promoting a stallion. Otherwise geld the colt.
If you want to sell him you will have a bigger market with a gelding; if you want to ride him yourself you will be more successful with a gelding unless you have some success, knowledge, and experience with riding stallions.
A beautiful, well behaved stallion is a wonder to own. They don’t just happen.
Experience and knowledge in the correct decisions about their raising, handling, and training is essential.
If you aren’t prepared to do it right – don’t do it! Geld him! You will be doing yourself and your colt a big favor!
But first read my article 5 Things To Consider After You Decide To Geld Your Colt so that you will be prepared.