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post #61 of 83 Old 11-29-2012, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Mochachino, the vet is a very well known older-ish (65 or so?) man who is the only large animal vet in a small town about 40 minutes from mine. I know he does a lot of calls in my town and plots out his calls so he does very little back-tracking. I bought my mare in his hometown, and he gave me a very thorough vet check for $40. He really knows his stuff and is extremely popular, and thus extremely busy all the time. I don't think he has any issues making money. :) With as many calls as he makes in a day, I have a feeling that there's no reason to charge too much. Regardless of the reasons, though, I'm not going to complain. He is very knowledgeable and kind, and loves the animals he treats. And my checkbook appreciates him. :)
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I also geld and wean by the sign of the moon. It does seem to help. Can't explain why, but it seems a whole lot less stressful for everyone involved. As long as it seems to help and can't hurt, I'm stickin' with it.

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post #64 of 83 Old 11-30-2012, 07:21 AM
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I have never heard about "gelding by the phase of the moon" or what ever you want to call it.

The vast majority of geldings in the UK are done before 1yr old. My lad was done before 1 and I frequently get asked if he is a rig or entire (the lack of testicles is evidence enough for the last one).

6W if your colt hasnt dropped both by 2.5yrs then the other is highly unlikely to drop now. If left inside the abdominal cavity the retained testicle will swell, and cause pain. It has also been prooven that retained testicles have a significantly greater chance of becomeing cancerous. The operation to remove a retained testicle carries more risks the older the horse becomes so it is best to do it early.
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post #65 of 83 Old 11-30-2012, 08:34 AM
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There are a few very small points I can see and kind of agree with.

If you are a breeder and have some nicely bred colts that could have the potential to be a nice stud in its adult life, you do want to wait. However I do not agree with keeping every colt that hits the ground intact until they are 2 years old. A lot of colts that are late to be gelded have nasty attitudes and a gelding with a bad attitude is not an easy horse to sell. Facts are facts.

I don't know about the moon, stars, aliens and space ships aligning right for gelding/weaning/branding etc etc etc.. The little bit I know about it comes from my great uncle and grand parents. But I don't remember much. I can see how it might make a difference as the different moon phases do effect many things such as the tides. And full moons do seem to have an effect on many different things to a degree.

Regarding an ungleded colt bulking up more if you wait. I don't believe it honestly but everyone has their own way for doing things. So to each their own.
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post #66 of 83 Old 11-30-2012, 08:37 AM
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OK, this thread is about to be closed....AGAIN!

I just can't understand why there is such a pissing match over simple differences of opinion. Get over it, folks. There will always be different approaches to everything people are involved with. If you cannot state your own beliefs in a civil manner, stay away.

As long as there is no dangerous advice being given, it is just not that important to keep punching it out.

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I don't necessarily wait to geld, but I'm not in a great big hurry either, unless the colt is a snot or I can tell from birth that he's not good enough to be a stallion. I do wait until the first winter, at least, so that I'm not fighting flies on top of sore male parts.

I have gelded very late, 5 & 7 years, twice and had no issues. Both were excellent, quiet boys as stallions, they were both excellent, quiet boys as geldings. If I'm not using them as stallions, for any reason, I go ahead and cut. They can go out on pasture with the whole herd then and it keeps them very happy. I am a firm believer that a great stallion will make a phenomenal gelding and keep very few horses intact.

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I don't necessarily wait to geld, but I'm not in a great big hurry either, unless the colt is a snot or I can tell from birth that he's not good enough to be a stallion. I do wait until the first winter, at least, so that I'm not fighting flies on top of sore male parts.

I have gelded very late, 5 & 7 years, twice and had no issues. Both were excellent, quiet boys as stallions, they were both excellent, quiet boys as geldings. If I'm not using them as stallions, for any reason, I go ahead and cut. They can go out on pasture with the whole herd then and it keeps them very happy. I am a firm believer that a great stallion will make a phenomenal gelding and keep very few horses intact.
You worded what I was trying to say in a much more clear fashion. Well said

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I had one colt that I gelded at three. I was hopeful that he would make a good stallion, but he just didn't pan out to be what I was looking for. If I know that they will be a gelding, I try to get it done by six months of age. Then I don't have to put up with that awful young stud stage. I do agree with waiting until it is cold enough for the flies to be gone.

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Part of that low cost of the operation that the OP benefited from may be due to their location, I don't know. OP, are you out in the boondocks like I am? If so, that could explain a lot. When I got my youngest colt gelded (and his hernia surgery all at once), it only cost around $175. Running cost for an average gelding plus all the shots afterward like tetanus and penn is about $95 here.

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