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        07-03-2010, 09:10 PM
    If the testicle is inside the body, not in the scrotum, he is not fertile. The testicle up in the belly is usually alot smaller than a normal size testicle and usually requires surgery to remove it, sometimes through the belly and sometimes through flank incision standing.. Either way, anesthesia is required.
    A blood test will tell you whether he has too much testestorone, which will tell whether he is a cryp or not.
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        07-04-2010, 12:00 PM
    Cryptorchids can absolutely sire foals. We had two cases of fertile crypts last summer. A very easy test with the vet can tell you if he is likely crypt, a transrectal ultrasound can tell you if the testicle is there for sure. It could be entirely just behavioral but since you have mares I would get a test to know whether he has a testicle or not!
        07-04-2010, 07:33 PM
    My old gelding acted like a stud. We always thought that it was just his personality, and then we discovered he wasn't gelded until he was 5 years old. His old owners were going to use him to breed until their mare got an infection, and she was unable to breed. Maybe he got gelded late?
        07-04-2010, 07:59 PM
    A cryptorchid with a testicle in the scrotum can indeed sire foals, but it is usually genetic and not a good idea to use as a stud.
    Maybe I misunderstood the OP, I assumed she meant she bought him as a gelding with no visable testicle showing so had been gelded, but with him acting studdy thinking he had an undescended testicle in the belly.That is why I commented that although he may breed a mare, his sperm will not be viable and therefore he cannot sire foals.
    Horses, dogs, cats, etc can sire babies with one testicle up and one testicle down in the scrotum, but if the normal testicle is removed, he is sterile although he can still act like a breeding animal and actually mate.
        07-05-2010, 10:05 AM
    Sounds silly, but have you actually felt to see if he has a nut or 2? I had a stud come in here a few years back that I THOUGHT was a gelding- he just had very small nuts and you had to feel for them. I couldn't see nuts when I was bidding on him! Needless to say they didn't last long.
        07-05-2010, 12:47 PM
    Crypts are very fertile, you should have a vet check him before you put him in with mares, they still produce hormones and sperm. It can affect both testies. Cryptorchidism is gentic, the male that has it should be castrated. The other thing to is, was he ever allowed to be a stud? I have know geldings that were cut later in life and they still acted like they were the BIG Man. I would definitely call the vet and get him checked out.
        07-05-2010, 06:58 PM
    Next vet visit we will check it out. If he is a crypt then does he have to be neutered? He's 14 and when you ride him, he isn't unmanagable. I just don't know about the mare though. Does it make sense to move her? They've been together for 3 weeks now.
        07-05-2010, 10:03 PM
    I would separate them until you know for sure what it going on with your boy. Just for safety's sake. Also, if he is a crypt, then yes, I would go ahead and have the surgery to finish the gelding process.

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