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        05-18-2011, 01:20 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by .Delete.    
    You don't have to wait till they drop.
    Not always true. My colt was just gelded on Friday, he turned two on April 1st. I had originally intended to have him gelded as a yearling, and it ended up the whole of last year being an ongoing situation of scheduling, inspecting, and putting off his gelding because he was a "high flanker", but also a "floater" and the vet felt that with time we would be able to get a hold of the second testicle through a standard gelding procedure and not have to get involved in a more invasive/abdominal wall procedure that is required of a crypto, since he wasn't truly a crypto.

    The decision to wait, however, was also made being armed with the additional info that Finn was underdeveloped, testing showing he was producing extremely low levels of testosterone and his testicles were essentially inactive.

    Ultimately, this was the exception rather than the rule. I am personally a fan of gelding as soon and as young as possible.
         
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        05-18-2011, 02:26 PM
      #12
    Teen Forum Moderator
    I understand that. However, if you geld before they drop, the surgery is more complicated and often has a longer recovery time. Not to mention that -atleast here- vets charge quite a bit more to geld before they've dropped. We decided to just wait him out.
         
        05-18-2011, 03:11 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    My boy came to me gelded. I bought him @ 6 months but didn't pick him up till he was 7 months because the woman I bought him from (and vet) wanted to geld him and recover him herself.

    Have your vet out, get the thumbs up when your ready and you can get it done.

    I have also heard like others that gelding them early makes them grow taller. My trainer
         
        05-18-2011, 06:34 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I had my colt gelded at 5 months. He is a big, strapping, beautiful dude, with a whole lot of attitude, even without his testicles!

    Some people will say it stunts their growth, but that is an old wives tale. Everyone that looks at him says he's going to be huge! He is 14 hands, about 700 lbs. At 10 months.

    My vet wanted to wait until he was 5 months old, so that's what I did. Otherwise I might have gotten him done sooner. Did I mention he's a handful!?
         
        05-18-2011, 07:13 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Not to hijack, but Trail, you have GOT to post new pics of him! How is his leg looking these days?
         
        05-19-2011, 12:48 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Thanks again for the input. We will most likely geld him in the fall, the earlier the better.
    Trails, I would also love to see new picts of your guy.
         

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