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post #1 of 8 Old 03-02-2009, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up good news

i got apollo gelded :) and he is doing grate on day 3. however on him this vet left a tube hanging down and said it would fall off but i have never seen it done before.... and they said run him around alot... everyone elses vet i know only said wash it off with cold water every day ?

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-02-2009, 12:30 PM
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AWww! I remember the day we gelded Dreamer-boo :(! He needed so much love and positive support, lol!

Whenever we would get a horse gelded, we always made sure that the open wound had a few days to drain, thats probably why your vet recommended you run him. We didn't chase ours or make them run, but if we noticed they weren't moving much we would take them out and hand walk them, or turn them out in the round pen and encourage a trot.

Just make sure it stays good and clean and drains well! =)

*adjusts her imaginary spectacles* Am I reading this right? You're a guy? That must have been a tough procedure for you to watch! My husband was the only male there when we got Dreamer gelded. It was just him, me, my female vet, and my female client. He was very careful to be very very nice to us to make sure he wasn't next! LOL He was -mortified-!!!

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-02-2009, 01:26 PM
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When we geld our horses, we try to wait until they are going good under saddle because we continue to ride them after the procedure to keep them moving (hence the vet telling you to run him, though I would recommend only walk and trot). It tends to keep the swelling down (I don't know why) and keeps them from being quite so sore. As for the tube, I would guess that it is a kind of drainage tube that will fall out on it's own once the initial swelling from the procedure has gone down, but I'm not 100% sure.

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post #4 of 8 Old 03-02-2009, 07:21 PM
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Yay Alright! things are moving along for Apollo. Sorry don't know about the gelding thing.
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-02-2009, 07:30 PM
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actually when my vet gelded a mini I had he used some procedure concearning a big clamp and a power drill it apparently twists and caterizes everything (mostly used on the wild mustangs)since you can't hose them down and stuff but he had no swelling or anything. It was very successful.( the first time I had seen this done and I was mortified)
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-03-2009, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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he is really calm so they gave him the shot he layed down and they done it lol... it was kinda funny however they guy was pulling on the lead rope and apollo almost started dragging him backwards and i walked up and grabbed his halter and he followed me right in the stall.

oh and i found out it was just fat tissue hanging out and it is suppose to just fall off. its kinda nasty tho lol...

and yes i am a guy and i watched the process and it was done by a male

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-04-2009, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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ok so my girlfriend calls me yesterday(on my birthday) and is freaking out. says apollo has blood all over his back legs and it is extreamly swollen and he was freaking out when she was leading him. so i call the vet and rush down to her house and take them there... it took forever to get him loaded when he has been loading easy for me, and at first they didnt know what it was but it turned out he had a huge blood clot from not getting enought exercise.

so i was very happy it was nothing major, and he seems to be doing just fine today :)

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-04-2009, 09:18 AM
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When i was reading your reply, i saw Blood on his legs and swelling and went "UH OH! He wasn't excersized enough!!!" :p

Thats why the vet recommended working him =) Keep that swelling down and allow the fluids to drain out. It'll heal when its ready =) You just need to keep it clean!

I've seen a few horses who were improperly cared for post-gelding, and their sheaths -remained- swollen (like the way your geldings looks now). For the rest of their life it was swollen and full of fluids, and they could never... ahem... "drop" to use the restroom.. so they needed extensive cleaning care as far as that goes, and since the area was swollen they would get -real- cranky when you tried to clean them.

Sometimes the best way we learn is through experience =) I'm just sorry you had to foot out a vet bill!

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