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    02-05-2012, 06:06 PM
  #1
Weanling
What age do they drop their testicles?

I have a colt that will be 2 in may. I was feeling around today and only felt 1 testicle. I know they drop 1 at a time, but the lady I board with said I should be worried because they should have dropped a long time ago. I have looked on google and it said they can drop anywhere from birth to 2 years old...anyone have any ideas on this? I think he is just a late bloomer, and he is skinny and hasn't hit his growth spurt yet. I just bought him yesterday and am going to need to fatten him up. Also on that, should I feed him Equine junior or omolene 400? Or anything else that you guys can suggest, I think his lack of feed is effecting his growth.
     
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    02-05-2012, 06:25 PM
  #2
Trained
He does seem a bit late. He might have dropped both & you just can't feel it, hopefully, don't want a cyptorchid(sp?). That's an expensive surgery. Sure, feed em up & see what happens. After he's in shape, call the vet & see what the verdict is. In the meantime, don't keep him in with mares, he could breed them.
     
    02-05-2012, 06:30 PM
  #3
Trained
That does seem kind of late. Malnutrition may have a part in it? I'm not sure.

My boys have all dropped before they were yearlings. Nut-Megg at 3-1/2 months. Jasper at 7 months.
     
    02-05-2012, 06:44 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
That does seem kind of late. Malnutrition may have a part in it? I'm not sure.

My boys have all dropped before they were yearlings. Nut-Megg at 3-1/2 months. Jasper at 7 months.
oh wow, that is much younger. I may have not been able to feel it, he was a little antsy, I will do a more thorough search tomorrow...he may not like it much, but I want to see if it is there. The other one is pretty small and he is very hairy, quite possible I missed it when I was groping around down there

And he is not going to be with mares, he has his own stud safe pen until he is gelded
     
    02-05-2012, 09:27 PM
  #5
Green Broke
My coming 2 yr old was gelded in Jan 2011....I think he was only 8months old then....might be a good idea to get a vet and just get a double check of whats going on.

As for the feed, I had my horse on Omolene 100 for a few months, and he was sluggish and slow, and something just wasnt right. Switched to Equine Junior, and the difference is like night and day! He's grown taller, wider, and has more energy and he looks great!

Good Luck!
     
    02-05-2012, 09:35 PM
  #6
Green Broke
My colt had them almost from birth. Probably within the first couple of weeks or so I could see them. My friends were impressed! But my vet actually said about 1/2 of the colts are born with them already down, so I guess it isn't all that uncommon. I got mine gelded at 5 months.

It is possible they are both there and you just haven't seen them both at once. I have heard that they can drop them and retract them and sometimes you will only see one at a time. I know I have neighbor's who have had colts gelded and when the vet came out he could only spot one, but he would go ahead and do the surgery if the owner said they have seen both. I think once they both have dropped they can't go all the way up into the abdomen anymore, but sometimes they hide and you don't see them.

Hopefully he isn't cryptorchid and will show them soon!
     
    02-05-2012, 09:41 PM
  #7
Yearling
My boy was severly negelected when we got him, we thought he was under 6 months old due to the fact that he hadn't dropped his yet, that was in August. When he finally dropped & we gelded him in March, the vet finally looked at his teeth & discovered that he was a 3 year old! Get your guy up to a good weight & then see what happens
     
    02-05-2012, 11:52 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
You should probably say, "at what age to the testicles drop?" . You used it in the transitive , meaning that the foal drops his testicles , as he would willfully drop them, like a ball. Just sounds funny
     
    02-06-2012, 05:19 PM
  #9
Weanling
Wasn't quite sure how to word it, yours sounds much better, lol

I was at D&B today searching all over for omelene 400. I found 100-300, no400. But I did find equine junior and got him that. Is 400 the same thing as Equine Junior? It was right after the 300. I got him the junior and he loves it. Going to pour the groceries on him and get him healthy again. Farrier comes on friday, his feet aren't bad I just want him to shape them better...they are a little funky, the last farrier didn't do the best job. And the vet will come, he needs his wolf teeth out as well, so I will have the vet check his testicles when the wolf teeth come out. THen he should be good to go. He is now current on shots and worming, can't wait until he gets his weight up and grows a little. He will only be about 14.3, but he still looks like a scrawny yearling with the lack of care. Poor guy, I am so glad I have him now
     
    02-06-2012, 05:26 PM
  #10
Banned
I've had them drop from just a couple months old up to almost 2. I've had a few I had to pop out manually.

Sometimes, especially in cold weather they will move up and down into and out of the channel until they grow bigger - that could be why you only felt one of them...
     

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