There’s a good chance you’ve never thought about how much it costs to get a horse fixed. I mean, horse genitals are just way too delicate and scary looking for you to associate them with anything as practical and stark as money. But whatever, just here me out. I’m going to run down and list the prices (as of 2015) of how much it costs to get a horse fixed and why it even matters in the first place. Let’s do this!
The Right Time to Geld a Horse
If you’ve already made the decision to geld your horse, then there is no point in waiting. The right time to do so is about when your horse is six to twelve months. The reason being is because they are still noticeably young. Also, if you see that your horse is not going to be a stallion, then it is easy to train them.
How Upkeep Costs Affect Price
Poor hay crops and rising feed and fuel costs can affect the number of horses for sale and can affect the asking prices of those horses in any given year. The side effect of the banning of horses for meat slaughter is a lower price for some types of horses. This mainly affects horses that are elderly, unsound, young and/or untrained, but it does have a ripple effect on the general horse market.
Those looking for a first-time horse will probably need to have anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 in their budget for the purchase. You may be able to find a gem for less than this, but having that amount will give you the greatest number of choices. The more you have to spend, the more choices you will have.
Reason Why You Should Geld Your Horse at Six to Twelve Months
As I’ve mentioned above, a horse at this age is still young. At this age, your horse’s testicular development is off to a great start, which makes it easier for the vet to find your horse’s testicles and castrate them. If you decide to geld your horse younger than this, it will be hard to find their testicles and there will be an increase chance that something can go wrong since the horse will not be developed enough.
Waiting too long can be a problem as well. If you decide too late that you want to geld your horse, then behavioral changes can occur. Waiting until your horse is one year to geld your horse can cause it to develop a stallion-like behavior which will continue to happen even after you geld your horse.
Once your horse reaches its full development stage it is more difficult to geld the horse. There is more blood flowing in that area, so when it is time to geld the horse complications may arise. Also, the younger the horse, the faster it can heal from this procedure.
If you have to ask how much a farrier charges, you probably can’t afford it. But when you get a basic idea of how much it costs to get a horse fixed, you should be able to make an appropriate budget that doesn’t cause any break-the-bank surprises.