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    05-19-2013, 03:40 PM
Yes, they HAVE to exercise to keep the blood flowing and the incision open. It is better to turn them out with another horse that will MAKE them move around. I cold hose once or twice a day also and even will pick the incision back open if its trying to close up too fast. It MUST heal from the inside out also. Stalling is the worst thing you can do for a just gelded horse unless you exercise him multiple times a day. I lunged my guys at the trot till they were healed enough to ride and then I rode them.
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    05-19-2013, 03:47 PM
Didn't read all the replies but just want to add that I had one of my guys gelded and all was well until about day 7 when he swelled up HUGE! Just kept exercising and it should go down. My guy was so bad I was making sure he could even pee.
    05-19-2013, 04:08 PM
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Here's a pic of Henny after he got gelded. I would cold hose him, then hand walk/trot him, then cold hose him off again. He was very good about standing for the hosing, but would NOT let me touch him the first few days. I don't blame him. After cold hosing him, I'd take a flashlight and look up under him to check the incisions as that was the only way I could see them at the beginning. Also, check his temps at least once a day. If ever in doubt, call the vet! I did, and it definitely put my mind at ease even though everything ended up being okay and healing nicely. Better safe than sorry. :)

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    05-19-2013, 04:17 PM
That happened to my mum's cousin's Halfie after he was castrated. He walked him for about 20 minutes everyday, and the swelling had dissipated within about a week.
    05-19-2013, 04:44 PM
Thanks everyone, am just about to go down to feed the morning feed - will take some photos then. He is turned out with his Uncle and his Mother and they all hoon around quite a bit.
I think as someone mentioned the incisions have healed a little quickly so the fluid is collecting. It will be a week today so will check with vet and let you all know - thanks so much for putting my mind at rest everyone
Much appreciated!
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    05-19-2013, 07:47 PM
Keep him moving!
    05-19-2013, 08:39 PM
This morning...

One week today and the swelling is still enormous!
However as you see by the photos it isn't stopping him enjoying life! So I'm picking he will be OK
He 'helped' Uzzer Muzzer (me) clean the paddock (NOT)
He Learned how to 'Plank' from Uncle Persil
'Watch this Son' said Le Uncle.
He had a fabulous game of 'Ad it up to 'ere' with the Uncle
He brought me a 'gift'.
And finally he wandered over to see if he could help 'Muzzerr' with the 'Oovering.
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    05-19-2013, 09:37 PM
Oh he doesnt even look that bad! Lol.

The swelling I dealt with was literally the size of a soccer ball inbetween his back legs...and it wasnt the front part like that, it was futher back...
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    05-19-2013, 10:35 PM
When we had cowboy gelded he was just over a year. My vet told me to lunge him at a trot for the first few days for about 10 min. And then by the fourth day lunge him at a lope until he was good and sweaty..the way he explained it is if they just stand around the swelling would get bad so you need to move him. I know it works, he didnt swell real bad and healed quick.
    05-19-2013, 10:55 PM
My guy was swollen in the sheath area just like yours only way worse. I bet he'll be fine in a few days. I was almost positive there was no infection just swelling and then one day I went out and he looked normal again. Just keep him moving and watch for infection and all will turn out fine.
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