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post #1 of 16 Old 01-26-2011, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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My baby boy is getting gelded tommorrow any advice?

My colt Cloud is getting gelded tomorrow and I'm nervous for him. Just wondering if anyone has any advice about anything I should prepare for or get before tomorrow afternoon? I'v watched some youtube videos but I'm still not sure what to expect. I'm so nervous...My vet said all I will need is a garden hose but I didn't ask why..anyone else know?
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-26-2011, 01:20 AM
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You remind me of how I felt when my first son was circumsized! It was nerve racking.
It'll go fine. I hear that it's pretty simple when they are young. He is really a beautiful boy. This is the one in your avatar, right?
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You will probably need to give him bute to help with the pain and some vets say to keep them moving so the swelling doesn't get bad but maybe that's in older horses?
A hose is probably going to be used to help rinse off any secretions from the surgery. Helps with the swelling too. I know a lady who would hose off her horse after gelded and she had to walk him around as he was in a stall and needed to move around.
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You remind me of how I felt when my first son was circumsized! It was nerve racking.
It'll go fine. I hear that it's pretty simple when they are young. He is really a beautiful boy. This is the one in your avatar, right?

Just curious..why was it nerve racking to have your son circumsized? I helped circumsize babies when I worked at a clinic and some people couldn't handle it.
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Yes Cloud is the horse in my avatar. I don't have kids so go figure.... Do you guys know how long it takes to heal? Or at least for it to stop swelling? Will the vet put him on any kind of antibiotic? Thought maybe that would help keep infection away. I will try and keep it as clean as I can but I live in hawaii. Its humid, and there are lots of flys. I would think its easyer for him to get an infection in this enviroment. I hope my vet will put up with my millions of questions:)
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Yes Cloud is the horse in my avatar. I don't have kids so go figure.... Do you guys know how long it takes to heal? Or at least for it to stop swelling? Will the vet put him on any kind of antibiotic? Thought maybe that would help keep infection away. I will try and keep it as clean as I can but I live in hawaii. Its humid, and there are lots of flys. I would think its easyer for him to get an infection in this enviroment. I hope my vet will put up with my millions of questions:)

Well is he stalled? Maybe you can put a fan in there and some fly traps to keep the flys away from him. Also put fly spray on him but not in the area where he was gelded or it could cause issues.If you can I would walk him around. I don't remember if the vet put my step dad's horse on antibiotics but I know you want to give them bute to help with the pain and swelling some..big ol horsie asprin!
I think it heals in a month. It's easier on younger horses than horse who have been stallions for yrs is what I heard...don't know if that's true.
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I would stall rest him for a day(to keep flies away from it, otherwise I'd say turnout only) with handwalking and hosing of the incision area for 15-20 minutes three times at least. Then complete turnout. If the incisions get icky looking hose them. As far as swelling, since he is a youngster it will probably go down quickly. Chopper got gelded at three(and they were massive) and his swelling went down in less than a week. I would maybe rub some swat on the insides of his hind legs to help in deterring the flies.
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Oh good idea I have swatt! And no he is not stalled he's in my yard and I don't have a smaller stall to keep him in. So hopefully that's not a problem.
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it probably won't be that big of a problem. He probably won't want to move much at first anyways. Just make sure he has food and water close by and monitor him. Ask questions..as many as possible! He should be fine being in an open area. Not everyone has excess to stalls. Good luck and keep us updated on your boy.
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Gidget, not to hijack the thread, I will PM you with funny story about circumsizing first son, in Tokyo! Tomorrow.
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