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post #11 of 38 Old 12-14-2010, 12:21 PM
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When the BO had his mini donkey gelded, the vet told me light exercize along with cold hosing twice a day. If it is pus, you might also ask the vet for a powdered antibiotic. When Rose had the surgery on her leg, my vet gave me what he called powdered Furazone that I was to put on twice a day after walking her (I can't remember the name on the bottle), I think it's supposed to keep it dry and free of debris while she was stalled. I had to press it in when I used it. He also told me to call him if it was swollen worse or if pus started to ooze out. He does like to err on the side of caution to make sure nothing gets out of hand.

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Hi guys! Well, I feel better because the vet came out today and looked at him and gave him antibiotics. It was timely too, because he had a fever this morning of 103.1 and 104.3 after exercise! So I was kind of worried and glad the vet came when he did.

He didn't seem overly concerned with the wound, and just told me to keep exercising and giving him antibiotics. His temp was down to 102.1 this evening.

There seems to be some minor differences in aftercare recommendations, depending on the vet. I asked about washing the wound and he said to leave it alone. I think cold hosing sounds like a good idea, but for whatever reason, my vet doesn't recommend it. Also, he wants him trotted a minimum of 10 minutes a day, but says I can't really over due the exercise if I want to take him out longer (like say pony him out to the forest and turn him loose for a bit).

So I dunno. I am just trying to follow my vet's instructions since he is the one that did the surgery. But I did find all kinds of different aftercare recommendations on the internet, so I guess it depends on what each vet has had success with. Personally, I do think it needs a wash. It's pretty gross.

Anyhow, at the risk of grossing you all out, here are photos from today.
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Aw, poor guy, that does look uncomfortable.

I would also guess that it depends on the individual vet. We've never gotten antibiotics for any of our horses that we've had gelded, never gotten a suggestion to cold hose. Mostly our vets are like yours, just let him move around and leave it alone. We've had success with 2 that were gelded and then just turned out to pasture without being kept in an exercise routine and 2 that were being ridden at the time of gelding (and continued to be ridden until they healed). So I don't know.

I'm glad that you were able to get the vet back out and get some antibiotics.

BTW: His leg is really growing out nicely, it isn't nearly as noticeable now as it was when he was a little baby.
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
BTW: His leg is really growing out nicely, it isn't nearly as noticeable now as it was when he was a little baby.
Thank you so much! I think it looks better too. It's hard when you see him everyday to notice a difference, but when I put these photos on the computer I was like "wow, his leg looks almost normal in the photos."
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Oh Yuck! Poor baby! Almost makes me want to reconsider gelding our two boys... almost but not quite. It looks like it's trying to heal. Guess this, too, shall pass.

I can't believe how big he's gotten! Smrobs is right, his leg does look nearly normal - just a bit bigger than the other. Wouldn't surprise me any that he is perfectly sound for just about anything!

Looking at the pic, again - he sure does look like he's feeling sorry for himself, doesn't he? (Or is that just an act to get a little extra lovin'?)

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I"m glad things are getting better for him! Yah, your right about the different methods of healing it!

My vet told me to exercise for 15 minutes at a trot twice a day. He also gave me a liquid (banamine I think) to make him swallow twice a day for 6 days I believe. He also said to run cold water on the sheath but do not run it in the wound itself. The cold water was just to keep the swelling down. I wasn't able to do that though. My guy made a fuss when I tried and I decided it would be better to keep him calm than to have him all upset and excited!

He also had some ***** looking stuff toward the end of his healing. I did take a paper towel and wiped it off, but that was it. I just made sure I exercised him for the required amounts. Well, we did skip one session once in a while, but he still did good!

He is all healed from it now and now we are just waiting for the testosterone to get out of him! LOL

I'm sure you guy will be good an new in no time!! It is surprising how fast it goes. Although at first it does seem like forever, but all of a sudden, you check and he is all healed!!
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I'm wondering if my guys behavior will be affected by being gelded? I figure at the very least, it should keep it from getting worse.

The vet felt that all his mouthy behavior was just baby stuff. And I certainly didn't see him do anything "studdy" at his age (5 months). But, he certainly can be a handful and loves to climb on other horses, tries to do that when I pony him, and is mouthy as all get-out. By mouthy I mean he chews EVERYTHING and especially likes to get a hold of anything leather, like reins and saddle strings. He is also nippy to the older gelding I pony him off of, and sometimes me, but I've been really trying to crack down on any type of nipping towards me!

So do you think his behavior will change at all, being gelded at 5 months? Or are these just baby behaviors that he will (I hope) outgrow? I just didn't want the rearing and nipping to get worse. And I didn't want to wait until he exhibited sexual behavior either. But I of course want him to be healthy, happy and playful too.

Dee, I don't think Zane's experience is typical. I have a friend who has gelded about 4 colts (and one older stallion) that I know of, and she has never had one protrude any tissue or get infected. Zane fits right in with our family- if there are any rare or unusual complications he will get them!

He popped out of his mom with a deformed leg and patent urachus (urine leaking from the navel) which turned in to an infection. He's had other minor problems in his short life too- one time when he was less than a week old I had to give him an enema in the middle of the night because he was constipated from eating the straw bedding. He was just a little tyke and couldn't digest it so it clogged him all up. Then at the time when he got the foal heat scours he got diarrhea so bad there was blood in it. That scared me too!

So the little guy just can't seem to catch a break. About the only thing I think went right was the birth itself. I think I missed it by about 1/2 hour, but as far as I can tell his momma delivered him fine.

So odds are your colts/stallion will be just fine!

O So, how old is the horse you just had gelded?

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Wow, poor little Zane is like Murphy's Law in horse form. I don't know that gelding will change his behavior much, since there wouldn't be much testosterone in his system anyway. Rafe has always been mouthy and while he won't chew on me anymore, he will chew on anything else that will fit in his mouth. Zane mostly just sounds like a very rambunctious colt. Makes me thankful that both of mine are half draft with the temperament to match LOL.

Just try to keep a level head, be firm, fair, and consistent, and don't let him steal your cool and the two of you will be just fine. Though if he keeps chewing on your leather tack, you might consider trying some no-chew stuff that is leather safe. Very evil of me but I found that pepper spray worked rather well on the horses that were chewing up the sides of my rubber water tanks. I just sprayed a layer around the edge where the tooth marks were and they haven't chewed since. I wouldn't advise something like that though, especially on things that you handle with your bar hands because that stuff does burn LOL.
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i havent read the whole thread but when mister Zorro our shetland was gelded we paid extra to get the tetanus shot as well. Did you get this as well?? you never know what could have gotten into the cut.

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You know how I keep him from chewing his Mom's tail? I rub jalapeno peppers in it! That, and keeping more grass hay in front of them.

I also rubbed a pepper into his lead rope because he wants to chew it when he's tied. It seems to last for several days to a week before reapplication.

I haven't done that with my reins or saddle strings. I probably should.

I can sort of live with the chewing, because I know he's just a baby and he's probably teething. It's the nipping/climbing I am trying to nip in the bud! I just could imagine him as a 1000 lb. stallion, mounting the horse I am riding and biting too. Call me a chicken, but this is my first colt and I didn't want to go down that road!

Really, he's pretty awesome. And he's been really easy to train (other than breaking the nipping habit). But he learns really quick. And he's really, really sweet. I believe the nipping is more of a play thing, not aggression. I am just insecure in my training abilities, because he's my first one.

I was out there today trying to clean the wound a bit, and taking his temperature and everything, and he was so awesome. Perfect for his temp, perfect for letting me work on the wound. Better than some of the adult horses I've had.

I had no idea a foal could give you so many gray hairs though!

My neighbor, who bought a mare from the same place as I bought mine, also had a foal by the same stallion. She's had really smooth sailing. Her baby has been very healthy and well behaved.
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