Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Jaxxon's NOT a gelding! Help!
When my Quarterhorse Jaxxon was given to me (last summer), I was told he was a gelding. Both of his previous owners thought he was a gelding. It's on his Coggins papers that he's a gelding. His second owners had their vet check and their vet said he was a gelding. I even had my vet check and my vet said that he was a gelding.
I did have a few doubts, but I put them off to his personality… He mounted the mares (I put it off to him being a youngster). Dakota, even after being pasture mates with Jax for over a year now, hates his guts (I put it off to Dakota's anti-social personality). Jax was very protective of 'his mares' (I put it off to him being accepted into the herd). He 'lets it all hang out' a lot (I figured that was just one of his quirks)… and so on and so forth… I thought that maybe he was proud-cut or something… or would grow out of his 'quirks'. I had no real reason to think that he was a little stud… after all; two vets had checked him and put him in the clear.
I checked him just about every time I went out and saw him and my other horses. I dunno why I was so concerned… maybe in my subconscious I knew something was off. Every single time I checked/felt under there, he looked/felt just like a gelding.
I have ridden him with other mares and geldings alike. Besides being very competitive at times and pinning his ears a few times (but never acting on anything) he is just fine riding in groups and by himself (though if we ride alone, he calls for the other horses a bit).
I was working with him earlier, as I stated before, and was at a friends house (I had ridden him down there because I hadn't taken him for a ride in a while). At my friends, her future brother-in-law was looking Jaxxon over (the guy has horses and is willing to do a trade with me if I want to… he likes Jax a lot…), and looked under his stomach and… saw a plum.
Just. One. Plum.
I dunno what to do… Jaxxon is three and a half years old. Will the second fuzzy plum descend, or not? Is there even a chance? I do not have the money for a surgery to get him gelded… I don't know anything about horses with a retained testicle (is my terminology right?). Even if I got him gelded, would he still act stud-like during breeding season? Would he be safe pastured in a pasture with cattle, mares, and other geldings? I have younger cousins who like to come out and ride during the warmer months… would they be safe around him when they are catching their mares (he scared one of my cousins earlier this year by running towards her when she was trying to catch her grandpa's mare to ride)? Is there a chance that his personality may change, that he may get a bit more aggressive during the 'breeding season'? Could he maybe be infertile? How much would it probably cost to get him gelded like he is?
I need help! I'm going to do what is best for me, my family, and Jaxxon… If I can't afford the vet bill to geld him (which I probably can't anyway), then I will either sell him or trade him. I love Jaxxon to death, but I am not equipped to deal with a horse that may have studdish behaviors… even after gelding.
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