Male Horse Effects

by Ellie Smith Content Writer

Male Horse facts


A colt is a male horse less than four years old, while an uncastrated male horse with a height of four or more is called a stallion. A gelding is a castrated horse that is more aged than four years. A stud is a horse used to breed, and a sire is a horse that has been bred.


A stud is a male horse used for breeding. However, colts aren't as often used for breeding. The term sire is most often used to refer to the father of a horse's pedigrees.


Male Horse Gender Terms




A gelding is a male horse that has been castrated so that it cannot be used for breeding. Stallions are more difficult to work with than Geldings, a common trait.


Castration can be done on horses as soon as they are 6-12 months old. A colt can be safely gelded if his testicles are not yet dropped. You can also geld horses well into their teens.


It is a good idea not to geld your horse if you do not intend on breeding them. Some horses have had their testicles removed or are incorrectly castrated. These horses are known as rigs, even though they are rare.




A stallion is a male horse that has not been castrated. Because they are not castrated, stallions can be used for breeding.


Stallions can be hard to manage, so most people keep them for breeding purposes. Stallions can be aggressive towards horses but are not aggressive towards humans. Stallions have more muscle than mares or geldings and often have cresty necks.


Stud and a Sire


A stud is a horse that is used for breeding a male horse. A horse standing at the stud means your mare can be bred to him after you have paid a stud fee.


A stallion who becomes a father is known as the sire of his offspring. People often say that a horse is the father of a foal after he becomes a father.




Colt is a term used to refer to an uncastrated male horse under four years old. A colt may be called a foal when he is less than one year old.

Our horse gender guide explains that a colt may be sexually mature at 12 to 14. Many people consider that too young to breed, so they wait until the colt turns three years.

Colt vs a Foal


Both foal and colt are used to describe a baby horse. A foal is for both male and female baby horses.

If a colt is less than one year old, you can call him a foal. It is wrong to call all babies colts, as this refers to the male gender.

Facts About Male Horses


  • Horses that are most commonly used for riding include the Geldings.

  • The middle ages saw knights riding large, well-trained stallions, destriers, into battle.

  • Although they can be shy at first, colots mature physically faster than their female counterparts.

  • Stallions are not allowed in many breeds because they can be unpredictable.

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