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    03-21-2013, 09:48 PM
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Stallion to Gelding

I am posting this twice b/c I am seeking all the feedback I can get. And maybe it is a medical thing, and not a "stallion" thing. Anyway, my post (again):
Just wondering, do they go thru like "depression"? You can search my threads for more detail, but I had this happy-go-lucky mini, acted like a dog, total lover, just got him gelded last Monday, now, he's sad? He doesn't come when we call him (always did if he wasn't already right there), doesn't seem to enjoy our physical contact, barely finishes an apple. I have checked his temp, it's normal, I have inspected the incision site, it's healing as it should be. He's not having a health issue, but a mind issue. Is this normal? If so, do they get out of it?
Again, our 6 year old "adopted" stallion was just like a pet, now he seems to be a really sad horse. I offered him to come in tonight (my daughter has brought him "in" a billion times), he looked at me like Nope, I'm fine and cold right here. No more "kisses", no more head "hugs", is he sad? Or is this the "new" horse we have b/c we made a choice to geld?
     
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    03-21-2013, 09:58 PM
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If he was only gelded on Monday, he may just be a bit sore, both physically and mentally 'sore' at you for taking away his jewels ;) it IS a fairly big change for a stallion to be gelded, as his hormone levels start changing drastically and his 'mind' comes back. Give him a few weeks, he'll probably be just fine. Gelding him will likely change his temperment somewhat, but it shouldn't change his affection towards you. If anything it should make him that much more willing to bond with you as a human. He's just had his world flipped upside down, give him a bit of a break! :)
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    03-21-2013, 10:10 PM
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LOL I know he needs time, we actually did this LAST Monday, and he was ok the first week. Just the last couple days, he's really withdrawn, I know there are many hormones coming and leaving permanently. Today was the worst, even at feed time he seemed not interested. Sure he came and ate, but first time EVER he didn't escort me from food barn to feed pan, and again from hay barn to hay net. And when I tried to give him love, he walked away like no thanks. He was always so affectionate, just wondering what this behavior means, and if I should be concerned. Heart breaking, well yes! I love my horse, but behavior with underlying issues, I guess that's what I am wondering. And YES, if I am overprotective horse mommy reading to deep, that is ok, and please, let me know!!

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Originally Posted by Endiku    
If he was only gelded on Monday, he may just be a bit sore, both physically and mentally 'sore' at you for taking away his jewels ;) it IS a fairly big change for a stallion to be gelded, as his hormone levels start changing drastically and his 'mind' comes back. Give him a few weeks, he'll probably be just fine. Gelding him will likely change his temperment somewhat, but it shouldn't change his affection towards you. If anything it should make him that much more willing to bond with you as a human. He's just had his world flipped upside down, give him a bit of a break! :)
     
    03-21-2013, 10:56 PM
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Green Broke
As I recall, GoGoJoeGranny, he was an only horse. Perhaps this is a time to revisit getting him an equine type companion????? It may help bolster his spirits.
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    03-23-2013, 07:58 PM
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Our vet warned us that this might happen when we gelded our 5 year old stallion in January. He had also very recently lost his pasture mate and was a little lonely, so he actually bonded very strongly with me and my husband during the recovery process, even when we were shooting cold water up between his legs, lol. He just became a completely different horse, very affectionate and cooperative. As soon as the vet gave the all-clear (about 30 days) we adopted a mare who needed a new home, to his everlasting joy. The combination of the absence of hormones and a new friend has done wonders for him.
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    03-23-2013, 08:14 PM
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Green Broke
A friend will most likely help a lot.
Now there is no reason to keep him alone.
     
    03-23-2013, 11:34 PM
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Green Broke
Answered on other thread.

I imagine you have infection setting in, you won't get a temp, nor swelling, but it will begin to ooze out. Can take a week since it is inside but I would bet money on that.
     
    03-24-2013, 01:00 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Palomine    
Answered on other thread.

I imagine you have infection setting in, you won't get a temp, nor swelling, but it will begin to ooze out. Can take a week since it is inside but I would bet money on that.
I didn't see the other thread but I was thinking the exact same thing. My colt got very depressed about 5 days after gelding and instead of getting better (like everyone in the world said he would) it was getting worse. He had a infection and I got the vet back out and got him on antibiotics. My guy DID run a slight fever and once we got the fever under control he was back to his happy self.

My guy was also oozing pus. I was exercising him regularly per vet's instructions and he got an infection anyway. Go figure!
     

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