Gelding a colt
Hi all! I thought the thread on weaning was a good one, and I have a similar question. When should I geld my colt?
He was born July 14th. The vet suggested 5-6 months. But here is the problem. 5-6 months will put it into the winter, and we usually have snow and mud. December probably wouldn't be too terribly cold, but I worry about mud getting into is incisions. Should I try to do it earlier, say October or early November? If I wait until after the snow and mud season, it may not dry out good around here until April or May, and by then he will be nearly a yearling. I would rather have it done sooner than that as he is my first foal and I don't want to have to deal with studdy behavior. He's enough of a challenge as it is.
So what do you suggest? For what it's worth, I *think* he has both testicles down now. There is one for sure, and I am fairly sure I can see/feel the other one just slightly higher. If they are down now, will they stay down? Or can they go back up at some point?