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    02-16-2012, 10:56 PM
  #11
Foal
Thanks all. And Yadlin... WOW!
I just wasn't sure if horse's would feel similar to a bull or pig. So question answered. I'm thinking one dropped, but with the cold may be "tucked up." I've got a vet I trust so I'm good there. Just hoping we can get this done soon. I don't have another pasture to seperate him into right now. Just weened the filly and momma is in the other one, and it's too soon to put those two back together.
     
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    02-16-2012, 11:02 PM
  #12
Weanling
Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts - my boy has been my love for the last, oh gosh, 11 years now? It took him at least two or three months to get back to normal, though his personality was a lot different. The joke has always been that we cut his brains off because he was so much nicer as a stallion then as a gelding.

I have had one other colt gelded with no issues - for less than $200 (20 years ago...). I have also been around at least five others who, though stiff for a few days, never had any issues.

So, everyone who has a colt with two and a or a great vet, YEAH!!!!
     
    02-16-2012, 11:05 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ginjohns    
I don't have another pasture to seperate him into right now. Just weened the filly and momma is in the other one, and it's too soon to put those two back together.
LOL - I bought a mare out of a pasture where she had been running with a then ten month old colt for the last five months... six months later we had a filly! Colts can be a pain in the rear!
     
    02-16-2012, 11:09 PM
  #14
Foal
I have a question.
Most people around here like to wait as long as they can to get a horse gelded, why? Iv never heard of anyone getting a horse gelded under one, they ushally try to wait till atleast 2 years unless he acts too study... but I do live in a small town with few horse people.
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    02-17-2012, 12:13 AM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by shandasue    
i have a question.
Most people around here like to wait as long as they can to get a horse gelded, why? Iv never heard of anyone getting a horse gelded under one, they ushally try to wait till atleast 2 years unless he acts too study... but I do live in a small town with few horse people.
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They might want a shorter gelding? If they're kept a stallion for a long period of time, it stunts their growth. Or they're allowing the body to develop better. My goat breeder would wait until the kids were three months old until he castrated them in order for the urinary tract to better develop. Most goat breeders would get them castrated at less than a week to a month old.
     
    02-17-2012, 07:09 AM
  #16
Weanling
Shandasue and Kayella...not to high jack this thread but

Gelding does not effect a horses growth as much as people think. Gelding before the age of one may allow the horse to become slightly taller because they havent reached their sexual maturity (which signals their hormones to close the growth plates) and as a result the growth plates may stay open a bit longer, thus allowing a bit more growth. It does not make a big difference.
Gelding sooner rather than later is always best because it is cost effective and recovery is much faster in younger babies.

Yadlim...same feeling as a pig lol is right and you have a great vet so it will be a breeze..best of luck.
     
    02-17-2012, 03:45 PM
  #17
Foal
My yearling is a QH/Appy cross and was a cryptorchid. We had him gelded last April. If you have to have the surgery definitely don't let them send him home right away. Mine stayed at the hospital for few days. When they did the surgery a small part of his intestines started to come through the ring where the testicles are suppose to drop through so they had to sew it shut. He has not had any complications from the surgery and heald completely. Cryptochidism can be hereditary. If you have any doubts if your guy is going to drop or not try and find out if any of his line were crypts. I found out after we bought our guy that his father and brothers were crypts. It would have been nice if the breeder disclosed that information when I bought him.
     
    02-17-2012, 04:21 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Kayella    
They might want a shorter gelding? If they're kept a stallion for a long period of time, it stunts their growth.
Okay, first of all I'll say I don't have experience with this in horses, but in dogs, castrating before the growth plates have closed means the dog will actually grow more. Castrating and cutting off those hormones before growth plates have closed extends the growing period. This is why I require my puppy people to wait until the dog is at least 18 months before they castrate.

I can't believe that horses would be that different.
     
    02-17-2012, 04:34 PM
  #19
Yearling
My almost two year old had one big one and one small one- my mom made me feel for them.. that was fun hahaha.

Just two weeks ago today ym guy was gelded. The vet did it in the yard, and they leave the incision open to drain. He did not get an infection, and I made sure to lunge him everyday for a week for atleast 15 minutes to avoid becoing stiff, and to allow the incision to continue to drain.

Now all we have to worry about it cleaning his legs off- it hasn't been nice enough to wash him yet. I may grab a sponge though and some warm water to clean him up this weekend.
     
    02-18-2012, 08:33 AM
  #20
Green Broke
Yeah I never had a prblem with my guy, they put him out in the field, they vet cut him. I asked if I should stall him for a day and the vet said no, the more exercise the better. My guy was perfectly fine from day 1. Maybe a little drugged still but certainly not bad. I even video taped the gelding process! And I put it on youtube, if you are interested. Lol
     

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