Friday, July 4, 2008

Why do some geldings act like stallions?

When a gelding continues to act like a stallion (or stud), such as sniffing or mounting mares, squealing, kicking and fighting, they're referred to as "proud cut".

It is a popular belief that both testicles were not removed when the horse was gelded. This is certainly possible but not common. A vet would be able to verify this for you. A male horse that still has one testicle left is often referred to as a "jig".

If the horse still has one testicle left, that one testicle will continue to produce testosterone, which would certainly explain his behavior.

There is another possible explanation. The adrenal glands produce a small amount of testosterone as well, so it's also possible that the horse has overactive (called hyperactive) adrenal glands. A vet should be able to advise you on what you should do.

Sometimes this behavior is simply because the colt was gelded after puberty. When a colt is gelded after 1- 1/2 to 2 years old, (especially if they were allowed to breed during that time), they often continue to act like a stallion. In short, they "didn't get the memo" that they are no longer a "stud". :D

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

when the stallion was gelded after puberty or used for breeding will he eventually stop acting like a stallion? or is it a personality thing? some will some wont...

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