So the vet came out today to check out Wikke's shy boy. She was unable to feel it with a physical examination but she was able to see it with the ultrasound machine, though not very well. Unfortunately, she was unable to tell me whether it was actually in the inguinal canal or further up in the abdomen. So I have several options at this point:
• Exploratory surgery: Basically the cut him open and see what's up. If they are able to get to the testicle or if the anesthetic loosens him up, they geld him. If the testicle is up in his abdomen, they sew him up and I have to take him to Va Tech for the abdominal surgery.
• Hormone therapy: He gets hormone shots for a month to see if they will cause his testicle to come down. New research has shown that this method has a little over a 50% success rate (not sure of the exact number). If it comes down, they can do the procedure at the barn. If it doesn't come down, I take him to Tech.
• Wait and see: He's going to be a year old on Sunday...so he's certainly not past the feasible drop date. I could wait another 4-5 months and see what happens.
At this point, I'm certainly shying away from the surgery. I am however considering the hormone therapy. It'll be about 100 dollars for the month, which I'm not adverse to paying for my peace of mind and wallet: stall board isn't cheap and its going up to 400 next month. As a gelding, my boarding options will open up drastically.
Can I ask any of the resident vets what experiences they have had with hormones? What are the side effects? How will it effect him physically and mentally? I'm going to speak with the vet in more depth about all of this tomorrow, and I talked to my mom (also a vet) about it too, but I'd like all the opinions I can get :P