Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Range, WI
New ponies - when to geld
I just got two new ponies on Saturday: a weanling born 5/27/12 and a yearling born 5/2/11.
I have the vet scheduled to come out this coming Friday for my big horses, and was planning to get the ponies gelded at the same time. I think the yearling would be fine to geld, but I'm not sure about the weanling (I'm also not 100% sure that both testicles are dropped... I tried to check but he's a short little guy so it was difficult to get a good look).
I'm mostly concerned that it's going to be traumatizing for the ponies after having just arrived at their new home. The weanling has had a traumatic couple of months: first getting weaned from mom, then getting hauled to MN from SD, and then getting hauled to me in WI. Before he was hauled to me, he had a bit of a cough/runny nose the lady who was housing him temporarily thought was due to stress. He also hasn't had any vaccinations and I've read it's safer to wait at least a short time after the tetanus vaccination before castrating.
So... I'm thinking of getting the yearling gelded but waiting on the weanling. Thoughts? Should I wait on the yearling, too?