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post #1 of 27 Old 12-12-2011, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Post-Gelding Swelling (Pictures)

So my yearling colt was gelded this last Thursday. I've been following the vet's instructions to the letter, free longeing him at walk/trot for a minimum of 30 minutes per day, sometimes more... keeping him in a stall bedded with straw to prevent any particles from getting into the healing area, blanketing him to keep him from getting too terribly muddy.

We were told to expect some swelling and inflammation, but I don't know how much is too much and I was hoping that some people here who have had colts gelded in the past might be able to offer some input. This is the first colt I've had who was gelded in my care. I don't want to call the vet if it's all in the realm of normal, but if you guys think it looks swollen enough to warrant giving the vet a call, let me know.

Just to add, my colt has been eating, drinking, pooping, and urinating regularly thus far. If he hadn't been, I would have called the vet already.



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post #2 of 27 Old 12-12-2011, 01:09 PM
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I've always heard "football-sized" as the cutoff to worry. But it still wouldn't hurt to just call and check in.
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post #3 of 27 Old 12-12-2011, 02:32 PM
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Some swelling is perfectly natural and truthfully, so long as he is eating, drinking, and evacuating normally and seems to be feeling good, I wouldn't worry about it.

It is so odd how different vets give different instructions though. I got my guy gelded on Friday and the vet sent him home with instructions to not pen him up for any length of time at all. He advised that I turn him right back out into the pasture so that the other horses would keep him moving.

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That is not bad at all. Many get a lot bigger than that -- especially if they are stalled.

We have always turned them out and forced them to move if they don't move around enough by themselves. We never even worried about them getting dirty -- just tried to do it when the flies were not bad.
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My guy was swollen pretty similar. The swelling is normal.

I had instructions to exercise my guy and I noticed him being lethargic and so I took his temperature and he had a fever. He also had some pus leaking from the incisions. So my guy got infected and I had to have the vet back out and got him put on antibiotics. Actually, my vet wasn't worried too much, I think he just gave me antibiotics because I was worried. But I was worried about the fever and I could tell my colt was pretty miserable because he's normally a spitfire.

So I guess what I am saying is, swelling is normal but if he seems lethargic or off his feed take his temperature just to make sure he isn't running a fever. If he acts normal I wouldn't worry about it.
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My bloke was dropped in the paddock, and let straight back up and into the paddock again.
The more movement they have, the better the wound will drain and heal. My fellow was a little swollen for maybe a week, but as long as it is draining well there's no reason to worry.

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I did a thorough inspection of my guy tonight and, though he has a bit of swelling around the hernia incision, there is zero swelling in his sheath. I bet the cold weather we've been having didn't hurt either .

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One of my guys was very swollen, but it got a lot better after I managed to get the hose on it and give him a nice cold rinse. Stewie swelled a little for a couple of days and Alfie had hardly any swelling at all.

They were all turned right back out as soon as they were steady on their feet
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Thanks everyone... it sounds like this isn't something to be too terribly concerned about yet. I'll just keep a careful eye on him and keep him moving. He hasn't been confined to his stall lately, but he is staying in a paddock attached to his stall. He's a mustang who was still very wild up until a couple months ago, so we're still working on being solid at catching and respecting fences under six feet tall. I think we're almost there, though. In the next couple of months he should be turned out in the back field with the others.
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I know this is going to sound weird but we plan our brandings and gelding of colts acorrding to the moon phases. If you buy an Farmers Almanac I believe it tells you when it is the best time to "cut".
Just like how the moon effects the tides in the ocean it effects blood I guess.

Maybe it is just a cowboy thing....lol

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