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post #21 of 23 Old 02-18-2012, 11:18 PM
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That's pricey SN, maybe it's the just island. In the Cariboo here, it's about 2 hundred and same price for an 18 yr old. OP, a male at any age can have the testes removed, as long as they are healthy, they don't need them.
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post #22 of 23 Old 02-18-2012, 11:24 PM
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While there is increased risk, I believe it will be worth it. He will be much more reliable around people and other horses. Just remember that it will take a while for the hormones to really leave his system and make him impotent. Do not turn him out with mares right after he is gelded.

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The castration of a male horse is a simple surgical procedure with few risks. Sperm cells are produced in the testicles, matured and stored in the epididymus, and transported via the vas deferens to the ejaculatory site. Gelding removes the testicles, epididymus, part of the spermatic cord, and the covering of the testicles. With gelding comes an immediate cessation in the production of sperm cells, yet newly gelded horses have impregnated mares. This is due to the presence of the ampulla, a sperm reservoir at the end of the vas deferens. Because the ampulla is not removed during gelding, a gelding can potentially settle a mare for up to one month after castration. After one month, the sperm that were stored in the ampulla at the time of castration are no longer viable.

Also, get some supplements to boost his aging immune system, as he may be more prone to infections.

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post #23 of 23 Old 02-19-2012, 12:26 AM
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That's pricey SN, maybe it's the just island. In the Cariboo here, it's about 2 hundred and same price for an 18 yr old. OP, a male at any age can have the testes removed, as long as they are healthy, they don't need them.
Well there are other factors involved which I won't get into here. But yes generally speaking it is more expensive on the island.

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