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Do stallions have trouble moving because of their junk? Video now included.

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  • Do stallions have trouble moving because of their junk? Video now included.

    I am reading on Facebook that sometimes stallions don't trot correctly because their testicles get in the way. Is this true? That certainly seems very inconveniant to me. Would this apply to jumping or, cantering or any other manuvering?
    Last edited by Stormgsd; Aug. 24, 2010, 01:10 PM.

  • #2
    Lol, that's just funny! I think all the stallions at the top of their sport would disagree.


    • #3
      Actually, in racing, some colts have been gelded for exactly that reason - they feel the pinch, and as a result run less effectively (mind you, they must be "exceptional'! ). Some trainers will sponge them with ice water just before a race; one trainer even invented a kind of elastic retainer for a colt that was too valuable to geld.
      I can't make this stuff up!
      Founder of the I LOFF my worrywart TB clique!
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      • #4
        I have known of instances that this is true. I think it is an individual situation: size of testicles, rear conformation, pain tolerance, ect would all come into play.

        Personally, I have known of a few instances that removing equipment has made a horse move better/more efficient behind.
        "The Friesian syndrome... a mix between Black Beauty disease and DQ Butterfly farting ailment." Alibi_18


        • #5
          My trainer exercises race horses and says many colts would be much happier as geldings, from a comfort standpoint.


          • #6
            Used in harness racing of needed:




            • #7
              Christa---thanks for the laugh

              "Stallion Support: Does what it says on the tin, keeps things from swinging too far."


              • #8
                Originally posted by Christa P View Post
                Used in harness racing of needed:


                My WORD! A jock strap for horses!!!

                I loff my Quarter horse clique

                I kill threads dead!


                • #9
                  I've never figured out how any male mammal moves at speed comfortably with their reproduction equipment located between their legs and set low.
                  Well, unless it's really cold out and they disappear.
                  I even wince seeing intact male dogs trying to trot around on leashes out in public and it looks like paddleball game going on from behind.
                  You jump in the saddle,
                  Hold onto the bridle!
                  Jump in the line!


                  • #10
                    Size does indeed affect movement. We purchased a stallion, 7-8yrs at the time. Part of a package we had to take, to get the other two we wanted. Had been used as a breeding stallion with a band of mares. Got all his mares bred. took good care of them. He was a pretty nice mover, a good ride for working long days on the range. An extremely nice acting horse, with the range mares putting REAL manners on him!! He would ask you before taking any kind of action, easy to handle at all times.

                    Well as time went on we were not using him, nothing but nut cases calling about his sales advertising. I was TIRED of showing him to weirdos, so we gelded him. The old Vet said they were the largest testicles he had EVER seen, and he had gelded a lot of DRAFT stallions!

                    Have to say after gelding that horse was a BETTER mover, and actually was faster in his gaits if asked. He must have been getting some chafing and working "around" his problems previously. The old Vet said he had seen that type improvement in way of going before, when stallions were gelded.

                    Size of testicles is good for breeding, more likely to be fertile. Absolutely a consideration in choosing your breeding animal, whether stallion, bull or ram. If you think the winning stallions are showing have good movement now, they could probably have even better movement if gelded.


                    • #11
                      mine haven't had the testicle/trotting problem but I did have one that would get, uhh , excited, if you used a stick on him.. he was being jogged (at home) one day, and feeling lazy so new rider whacked him a few times.. got a better more forward trot but then he pulled up because he couldn't figure out what was hitting his foot. Needless to say all of us on the rail were going on in hysterical fits. I finally choked out " Lets don't jump just now" (and of course the rider/trainer had a lovely purple/pink blush which looks rather interesting on a man.) He did occasionally get the slapping sound going in a hack class(sweat and bouncing) and as long as no stick was involved, never "dropped" at a show.
                      "The Desire to Win is worthless without the Desire to Prepare"

                      It's a "KILT". If I wore something underneath, it would be a "SKIRT".


                      • #12
                        As another said, it depends on the conformation, size and location. Some boys' testicles hang low and I can see how they could get to "swinging." Cyriz's are good sized (very fertile and great semen) but carries them very high, close to his body. In fact when it get really cold, he can almost pass for a gelding!!! LOL

                        Last summer, when it was really hot and he was just starting to really do collected work, we lubed his equipment with body glide to prevent any chafing. Not sure that it helped, but he didn't mind it. Haven't done it this year and haven't noticed a difference

                        I have heard of stallions that trot wide behind in order to accommodate "the boys."
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                        • #13
                          Ayup. It can. I've got one that has real difficulties in really hot weather. Less in cooler times.

                          Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


                          • #14
                            I knew a nice hunter stallion who had to be gelded because the jewels were effecting his trot and making him track wide behind.


                            • #15
                              You would think with a ball-bearing movement... oh, never mind!

                              A friend's stallion used to get "jock itch" if worked hard during hot weather. Himself a 'jock' during high school and college days, he tried the usual remedies on his horse, but nothing really worked all that well.
                              The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
                              Winston Churchill


                              • #16
                                Hum, never really noticed my stud having a problem with his jewels when under saddle as he tucks them up. Infact all of his "equipment" gets tucked up. I guess he wants nothing in the way. Never had a problem with jock itch as he routinely gets cleaned under there, but I do wish he would not be so embarressed at it being done! Even at 11 years old, you would think he would be use to it by now.


                                • #17
                                  A few years ago I was at my parents' late at night and my sister and I were watching farming shows and talking. Well! Guess how fast it took us to go from 40-yr-olds to 12-yr-olds when we watched the big boy pig walking down the aisle with his pig-business dragging on the cement?

                                  My ex had just left me ignominiously via a Dear Jane letter, so I had no sympathy for pigs of any stripe. Now, of course, I know it was wrong to laugh and point at such a well-endowed and calloused pig.
                                  Proud Member of the League of Weenie Eventers
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                                  • #18
                                    Stallions often make great jumpers.

                                    After all consider this: Would you want to catch your testicles on a top rail!


                                    • #19
                                      The OP must have seen the viceo of the South African Saddlebred as many people have been discussing it on FB.

                                      Yes, the equipment can get in the way of a trot. I recently went to look at a cute little Morgan who had to be cut. While he was a stud they couldn't sell him because everybody kept saying he was trotting lame behind. They gelded him and the lameness went away.
                                      Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
                                      Bernard M. Baruch


                                      • #20
                                        I've seen jumpers wearing the jock strap thing.