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    05-25-2012, 06:34 AM
Colt Castration

Hi all,

I have a yearling that hs become increasingly full of him self the past few days and has been bugging the mares he's entire now and I want to get him castrated to save further problems. Yesterday he got kicked in the hind leg right on the joint but still wouldnt let up!

Is it to late in the year to get him done? I have nowere else to put him away from the mare's apart from his stable and I feel that would be a horrible way to spend the summer for him...

Also our stallion keeps trying to attack him over the fence :/
Thought's on this please.

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    05-25-2012, 06:44 AM
You can geld him at any time, as long as you can keep him away from mud or dust for a few days. He'll be able to go straight out into the paddock again as long as there are no complications. Gelding is a relatively straightforward procedure and most vets will drop them right in the paddock.
It's in fact better to put them out in the paddock afterwards rather than a stable, as movement helps to reduce pain and swelling.
    05-25-2012, 06:56 AM
Mine did the same thing he was an easy to handle horse til March came and a mare went into heat. Had my guy done a little over a month ago and I fell back in love with my "new" horse. It's amazing what the attitude adjustment surgery can and will do. Atreyu went from stud to mellow boy by the weekend. ( I think cause we was only a year). My guy even stated he thought it's never to hot to cut. Just watch for swelling and bugs. But this surgery is well worth it at least for my boy it was.
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    05-25-2012, 07:32 AM
Thanks for the comment I was just worried about it gettin infacted etc,

He is a lovelable boy and really easy to handle (ive had himsince birth) I just noticed yesterday his studly behavior and for the first time in his life when I shoed him away from me he flicked his a back leg and this point I chased him across the field like a mad woman and sent him away..little bugger!

Thanks I will be calling the vet to day to schedule an appointment in the meantime he is in my foaling field grazing away living a life of luxury!

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    05-25-2012, 07:49 AM
You have a stallion that is capable of breeding – yes as a yearling. They can breed for several days after gelding.
    05-25-2012, 08:46 AM
The basics we followed with summer gelding:
~Swat or similar thick fly repellant-twice a day if needed ( I say use the thick stuff so you can control what tissue it is touching. Nothing like spraying fly spray and getting kicked cause it burns)
~Thermometer-check temp per vet instructions (We did ours once every 24 hours for the first 5 days unless the situation called for more often)
~Smallish paddock,corral,round pen, for the first 24 hours or so. Somewhere you can keep a close eye on him and make sure he isn't bleeding. Coming out of the anesthetic he'll be wobbly and unsteady for a bit. This also comes in handy if you have to MAKE him move and exercise.
~Access to water hose for cold hosing.
~Fly mask, nothing worse than flies at both ends (We tried fly sheets and it just doesn't seem to work well with the drainage, they get icky and attract more flies I think)
~LOTS of fresh cool water handy. My last gelding blew through a lot of water in the first 72 hours.
~Slow feeding hay bags if not on grass. He'll keep moving if you can place them throughout his area. I usually put 2-3 (depending on how many I had on hand) and make them walk for their dinner. I broke their feed up into smaller portions and put it in 3 other spots so they had to walk for it too. I have been known to cheat and dribble alfalfa cubes in 10 different spots to help keep them moving on the hard cases.
~ We usually kept our geldings separated from the mares for about 4-6 weeks after gelding. I am sure your vet will let you know what he prefers.

Trust your vet. They know the problems in fly season and hopefully will be helpful in avoiding infection after the gelding. Good luck to you and him

Excuse me if I left something out, or you already know this info. I'm not a vet nor do I play one online

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