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    03-19-2010, 03:16 PM
I want to get him gelded...but...

I have a 8 month old Appy colt that I want to get gelded, like yesturday already, I'm just waiting for him to drop.

I'd rather just do it now and get it over with to aviod any issues (becuase I board and people do stupid things 'n such). I know right now he is fine, but I still worry... I want a gelding, he is very nice gelding material, and I want to do it before he starts acting like a stupid young stud.

He has had one testicle for a few months, just yesturday I was grooming him, looked and saw two of them! I felt around and felt two of them just to be sure. I finished grooming him, walked him to the indoor and got the barn owner to look too (I was excited of course) and then there was only one! I swear they were both there!

Am I nuts? twice I have look and seen and felt two... then only the one (the original one)... is this possible?

Please excuse my ignorance of the matter. I just want to know if this is possible or if I'm crazy!
He is my first baby and I want to do the right thing. The vet is coming out April 1st to give him his West Nile and Potomac vaccs so I am going to ask then if he is ready to go! If so we are making the appiontment the next day!

It will be a huge piece of mind once they are gone for good!
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    03-19-2010, 03:40 PM
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No, you aren't crazy. My gelding had 2 and then when the vet came out and started the gelding process one of them had sucked itself back inside. We had to lay him down and spread his legs and he had to dig for them. I wanted to cry I felt so bad for him. (the horse, not the vet)
    03-19-2010, 03:42 PM
Welcome to the forum!

There have been several threads about the same subject. The most recent dealt with a colt that would drop when he was relaxed and retract when he was alert. The consensus was that once he was given a shot he would relax and the vet would be able to cut him.

My thought is that you should prepare the vet to anticipate gelding him and let him decide.

I'm glad to hear that you made the decision to geld him. So many people tend to want to keep their horses intact for whatever reason.
    03-19-2010, 04:01 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
My thought is that you should prepare the vet to anticipate gelding him and let him decide.

I'm glad to hear that you made the decision to geld him. So many people tend to want to keep their horses intact for whatever reason.
Like I said, the vet is coming out April 1st and we will talk it over then... I just wanted to know that it is possible and I'm not nuts (haha pun intended).

When I first got him I was only taking him to improve his living situation.... I was going to move him, geld him, and give him away... but he has won my heat . Besides... horses that aren't broke are hard to find good homes for so I have myself (and husband) convinced that he has to stay until he is at least 4 and/or pretty broke. Lol
    03-19-2010, 08:22 PM
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I don't have advice to offer, but I can commiserate. *lol* My 11 month old colt didn't drop at all until just last month, and he has only dropped one as of right now. I'm putting off gelded him until the other one comes, unless it ends up taking too long and then I wont have a choice. I definitely want to get him gelded before maturity hits, and like you it was never a question of whether or not to geld, just a question of when.

Sounds like a nice colt! Enjoy him!
    03-19-2010, 08:26 PM
My horse was gelded at 1.5 years(I didn't own him then). Was that late because he has always loved mares...might just be his thing.
    03-19-2010, 08:28 PM
Its good that you want to geld him so early. My horse was gelded at age 8, and he's really a stallion but without the parts. Lol. He's aggressive, territorial, loves the mares (and they love him too haha) and he hates geldings. He chases them if he gets the chance, fights when he gets the change, and its hard finding places to board him bc people are afraid of him. He's very bonded to me but nobody else can handle him.
Im a strong believer that people should geld them as soon as they can to avoid being in my situation
    03-19-2010, 09:16 PM
I'm glad you're gelding!! Responsible person!

A lot of young horses won't drop "for good" until they are over a year old. I would ask your vet what he thinks. Sometimes you can push up and the testicle will drop. If not, just wait a bit longer, it usually takes awhile for them to start acting studdy.
    03-19-2010, 09:50 PM
Oh thanks everyone for the help!

What a relief, I'm used to dogs and cats that are done at a few months... I'm looking at my colt in a panic thinking he should be dropped by now! I'm not letting him next to any mares regardless, and he isnt at all studdy, but better safe than sorry!
    03-19-2010, 09:52 PM
It is SOOO different too when you board becuase people do some pretty odd things without thinking and I would hate if my colt covered someone else's mare or hurt himself trying...

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