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    11-28-2012, 11:43 PM
Does it affect the surgery? No not really. As long as everything does not freeze and works properly. It gets harder to pull down testicles in the cold weather though, as long as the colt doesn't have a highish one then not a big deal. But dropping a baby into a snowbank in cold weather is a bad situation waiting to happen. Knocking them out is hard on them when the weather is good and warm. It takes that much longer and the liver and kidneys work that much harder to get the drugs out of the system. Puts them at greater risk for a bunch of issues we try to avoid. Most people out here don't have a decent facility to do colts out here, which is why we try to wait until fall or spring to do them. If there is a barn and good lighting then we can do it. Otherwise we wait till spring and grass to lay them down.

I worked for a vet who did them standing. Scared the crap outta me. I prefer to lay them down any day of the week.
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    11-29-2012, 01:13 PM
Cooler weather is def. A plus. We used to have our colts cut, but have since switched to the drill method done by our vet. The colts are put down for a few minutes. They don't feel anything, and they bounce back so much sooner. No swelling, no bleeding. In addition, we always schedule this according to the signs, so that helps, too. Like I said before, I backed my colt days after, and he didn't trot around like he was sore. Also, he didn't feel like bucking, so that was a plus. The movement did help with the soreness, too.

On another note, while hard to watch, if anyone is getting ready to geld their colt, I recommend the drill method.

Two years ago, a couple of our colts had a very hard time in humid weather, after being cut. Lots of things can affect castration, and occasionally things can go wrong. We didn't go by the signs, as the person doing it was not as flexible. Also, it was warm and humid.
    11-29-2012, 01:54 PM
So 6w... how old are these colts you are backing? Weanlings? Yearlings? Considering that is around the age most people geld telling them to back their horse at that same time is asinine and dangerous to the horse in question...
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    11-29-2012, 01:56 PM
I know my vet wont geld when the ground is frozen. He knocks them out & he told me the lenght of time down on frozen ground is too hard on them. Where in NE are you at?
    11-29-2012, 02:28 PM
Littrella, I'm in the Lincoln area. The gelding is taking place as we speak. I'll give an update on how it goes once I go see him after work. Hubby is out there supervising so he can give me the entire run-down on what happens. Really wish I could be there... Stupid job. Lol
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    11-29-2012, 02:43 PM
Ok, just got word from hubby. Since Rebel's previous owner didn't handle him much at all, vet decided to just lay him down on a clean blanket in our indoor arena. The whole procedure took 5 minutes and he's up and walking around in the round pen. He'll stay there so he has more space to move around than in his stall, and I'll put him back after work. The current temp is just shy of 50 degrees, so I guess we didn't even test the cold weather theory afterall. Oh well. Lol. Also, the total damage to the bank acvount
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    11-29-2012, 02:44 PM
Account* was only $75. The other vet was going to charge us $255. So yeah. I love this vet.
P.S. Sorry about the interrupted post... My phone can be unreliable when it comes to this website. :)
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    11-29-2012, 02:47 PM
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Glad to hear it went nice and smooth!
    11-29-2012, 04:37 PM
Originally Posted by NdAppy    
So 6w... how old are these colts you are backing? Weanlings? Yearlings? Considering that is around the age most people geld telling them to back their horse at that same time is asinine and dangerous to the horse in question...
You're kidding, right? Weanlings, yearlings? LOL! You are saying what I did is asinine and dangerous? How many colts do you start a year? I've started 4-3 yr olds since spring, and none have offered to buck, nor have they been harmed in any way. I would never back anything that wasn't at least a 2 yr old, although the colt I referred to was closer to 3.

We don't start our colts until they are 3, which is one reason our horses stay sound, and last a long time for us, and those that buy horses from us. Backing one and walking/lightly trotting for a few minutes around the round pen is not the same as breaking one to ride. However, that said, that tiny bit of work sticks in their head, so that when I do start them on down the road, much headway has already been made. And, what I speak of it not dangerous at all.

I realize not every one is equipped to run a stud colt until they are 2-3 yrs old. We are, and have 4 stud colts on pasture on the other side of the ranch from mares.

Between my husband and I, we have good bit of experience, and I do know what I'm talking about in regards to knowing what age to start one successfully, and how much/how little pressure they can take. I wouldn't start a warmblood until they were closer to 4, as they mature slower mentally and physically. We don't put much pressure on colts unlike many show horse people. Everyone does things differently, and I've seen the mistakes and results of horses starting too early. It's one of the reasons I'm not a fan of reining, or some of the other disciplines that start horses way too early.

I'd be willing to bet we geld many more colts than the average horse person.
    11-29-2012, 04:40 PM
You apparently misread what NdAppy was saying.

The MAJORITY of people geld as soon as the 'boys' drop, which can be any time between 3 and 12 months, which is why she was questioning your backing of babies.

I guess my question to you is why do you wait so long to geld? It seems rather silly to let colts keep their testicles for several years if you plan to geld them anyway.

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