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    10-15-2012, 05:52 PM
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?
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    10-15-2012, 06:00 PM
I would geld as soon as possible. The yearling is probably fine to go now. When the vet is out, you can have him/her look at the weanling and see if he's dropped. I'm not sure I buy the vaccinations and gelding thing, I'm sure many people go in, get their horses gelded and shots done at the same time. I don't *know* it's okay, but I feel like it would be.

Congrats on the new ponies! Where are the pictures?!
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    10-15-2012, 06:04 PM
Nik, you can have them gelded as soon as both testicles drop. Doesn't matter how young they are. I know some breeders who geld at 2 or 3 months, so the baby can comfort nurse.
    10-15-2012, 06:09 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I know some breeders who geld at 2 or 3 months, so the baby can comfort nurse.
Poor baby's been trying to comfort nurse already... on the yearling.

I guess that's my biggest concern.... that the poor little guy has been through so much already in such a short time.

I 100% trust my vet's opinion, though... and I'm sure he'll let me know what he thinks is best.
    10-15-2012, 06:10 PM
Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
Congrats on the new ponies! Where are the pictures?!

Pics are here: New Shetlands meet the big boys
    10-19-2012, 06:32 PM
Well, my vet came out and suggested we wait on Scout (the weanling). He sedated Warrior... got drowsy but didn't go down. More sedative... went down but freaked out and wouldn't stay down. More sedative... same thing.

He gave him enough for a 500 pound horse. Didn't want to give any more and I agreed.

So... Warrior still has his nuts.

We're going to wait until spring. By then, he won't be so nervous and the vet is also going to use a combination of drugs.

We also had the farrier out and she was able to trim the ponies' hooves. I LOVE my farrier! She's just fantastic with them.
    10-19-2012, 11:07 PM
I heard from several vets they prefer a horse standing, it's hard to get a leg up and bend over to do it with it down. Bummer it couldn't get done!
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    10-20-2012, 10:30 AM
I can't imagine how the vet could have done him standing... The pony is very small.. Not much room to work! Additionally, he was just too spooky, even sedated. No way he would've stood still.

It isn't really a big deal, though, as we have no mares on the property. :)
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    10-21-2012, 06:03 AM
Not going to read the thread. If you don't plan to breed or not sure or prepared for it, geld them yesterday!
    10-21-2012, 08:14 PM
Originally Posted by loosie    
Not going to read the thread. If you don't plan to breed or not sure or prepared for it, geld them yesterday!
Umm, the thread is only nine posts long, but whatever.

I have no mares on the property, so waiting isn't a huge deal. The vet said he'd rather wait on the weanling because he's so small, and the yearling didn't sedate well. So, we're going to geld them in the spring.
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