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post #1 of 19 Old 04-24-2012, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Well, Jax isn't aggressive at all. He has never even shown any signs of aggression. He's the sweetest horse ever and is very lovable and calm.

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post #2 of 19 Old 04-24-2012, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Jaxxon: Then and Now

I got to looking at my QH Jaxxon's pics yesterday and it's shocking the difference in him... He's so much bigger, is at a great weight, and looks so different, so I figured I'd share.

I got him as a scrawny, untrained two year old and now he's a big, healthy, trained four year old! (coming four year old, at least...).

Before: Two Years Old (2008) --- He doesn't look like a two year old, but he was... I've known him since he was about six months old...

^ For the record, to show how small he was, the paint mare was only 15.1 hands tall...


^ He wore a yearling halter!


^ He'd just had his first bath ever!




Halfway: Three Years Old (he's looking better already!)

^ Check it out! He's graduated into a horse-sized halter!



^ And he hit that gangly, awkward stage a few months late... but at least he began catching up and growing!



^ And he got trained and shocked us all by his calm and super willing and smart disposition!


Now: Four Years Old (well, he'll officially be four in June...)

^ It was revealed that he's a cryptorchid stallion... so now our goal is to raise the money to have him gelded sometime this summer or fall!


^My younger cousin's love to ride him when they are out here and he's their favorite horse because he's so calm. They've actually threatened me with bodily harm if I ever sell him! Lol!



^ Jax doesn't have a mean bone in his body!


^ I don't think he's going to make a jumper, though...


^ But he's sure turned into one nice 15hh horse...

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wow he looks so much better now :) what a hansom man. I'm going to ask a stupid question now but I don't know much about breeding/genetics etc. whats a "cryptorchid stallion"?

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Thanks!

It's not a stupid question, either... A cryptorchid is a stallion with a retained 'fuzzy plum'. Jaxxon is a crypt. Because he only has one dropped plum. To have him gelded is going to be a four-to-five hundred dollar surgical procedure in which my vet is going to have to cut through the abdomin (I think) and do 'exploratory surgery' to find the retained 'plum' and take it out when he removes the one that has dropped.

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Jax actually just dropped back in December. When I first got him, both my vet and his then-owners vet thought he was a gelding!

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Wow he's a late bloomer indeed lol
My friends colt was a crypt as well and had to have the surgery. I wonder if all crypt stallions are calm because her colt was as calm as if he were a gelding too.

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I dunno... Jax is the first crypt. I've ever seen... He is super calm and easy to handle, though... Though one of our mares is a little floozy and flirts with him constantly... He's gotten to where he pays more attention to the mares now... which is why I'm wanting to get him gelded as soon as possible. Our fences aren't good enough to hold a stallion and I have no need or want a young stud... especially since breeding season is right around the corner and the mares (we have four) are all about to be going into heat and he's pastured just across the road from them. Lol...

It's just not something I want to risk.

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I dunno... Jax is the first crypt. I've ever seen... He is super calm and easy to handle, though... Though one of our mares is a little floozy and flirts with him constantly... He's gotten to where he pays more attention to the mares now... which is why I'm wanting to get him gelded as soon as possible. Our fences aren't good enough to hold a stallion and I have no need or want a young stud... especially since breeding season is right around the corner and the mares (we have four) are all about to be going into heat and he's pastured just across the road from them. Lol...

It's just not something I want to risk.
The only crypt stallion I knew of was.....well....mean.
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The only crypt stallion I knew of was.....well....mean.
Really? I've heard things about crypt. Stally's being aggressive, but have never experienced it myself. My vet said that since Jax isn't aggressive now, then he will probably never become aggressive.

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He looks great! (But if he was 2 in 2008, wouldn't that make him 6 now?)

It's always fun to look at 'before' pics!
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