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post #1 of 9 Old 06-10-2013, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Gelded on Friday, Farrier due Tuesday

My two year old Shetland just got gelded on Friday. I totally forgot that the farrier is due to come tomorrow.

She's still planning on coming out, but I told her I wasn't sure Warrior was ready to get done... as I'm worried he'll still be sore. She said she would just give it a try and not push him if he acts sore, but I can't be there and am not sure I'm comfortable leaving the decision up to her.

I'm going to call my vet and ask tomorrow but was wondering what you guys thought.

If he doesn't get done tomorrow he has to wait 2-3 weeks since she won't be back in the area until then. His hooves aren't terrible and he isn't doing any serious work, though.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-10-2013, 10:49 PM
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I scheduled the farrier the same day as the gelding... oops. Needless to say I rescheduled. You don't want the incision pulling open and I would think that the farrier stretching the legs back and whatnot might do that. If it were me I would not but I guess you could see if he'll tolerate it. Personally I think it's kind of adding insult to injury at this point :)

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I scheduled the farrier the same day as the gelding... oops. Needless to say I rescheduled. You don't want the incision pulling open and I would think that the farrier stretching the legs back and whatnot might do that. If it were me I would not but I guess you could see if he'll tolerate it. Personally I think it's kind of adding insult to injury at this point :)
That was my thought. I already told her not to trim him unless she hears otherwise from me.
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He should be fine. Most of the time they act pitiful for a day or 2 and then snap right back. By 5 days out, mine have all been back out on pasture with the other geldings.

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He should be fine. Most of the time they act pitiful for a day or 2 and then snap right back. By 5 days out, mine have all been back out on pasture with the other geldings.
He actually didn't so much as take an off step. I'm like "Warrior! NO TROTTING!" (while hubby turns green just watching).
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He actually didn't so much as take an off step. I'm like "Warrior! NO TROTTING!" (while hubby turns green just watching).
LOL! That sounds about right from my experience. I keep them stalled for the rest of the day they've been gelded, give 'em bute that day and then next day, out into the round pen or arena and by day 4, out with the other boys.

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There should be a small drain hole at the lower edge of the sac that contained the testicles. Moving is the best thing and having his feet done shouldn't have a negative effect on the incision. A friend kept her two yearlings in standing stalls, the hole on each filled with the normal discharge and plugged the hole. Next thing she knew the hinds legs were swollen. The vet came, bathed the area to open the holes and told her to get them out of the barn and on pasture. Had she done that in the first place, as per his advice, she wouldn't have needed him to come back.
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I should think if nothing else he can get his two front feet done for sure and play it by ear for the two back ones on the day of the event???
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He did end up getting trimmed and did just fine (although I was less than pleased with the farrier's attitude).

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