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    10-14-2013, 01:28 AM
Going to witness a horse getting gelded tomorrow!

So tomorrow morning, my next door neighbor is going to get a kill auction baby gelded and she has invited me along to watch the process. At the same time she's got a delightful old mare scheduled to get her teeth floated and will let me witness that as well. Even though I rode religiously for 3 1/2 years and on/off for the fourth year, I never actually got to see the maintenance that is so necessary in horse care. Especially in the case of having a horse's teeth floated. Call it scheduling issues or just being out there at the wrong time, but I always felt like I was missing out on the really important stuff. (Hell, they never even taught me how to wrap a horse's leg or lunge.) So I'll either learn a lot tomorrow, or get to see the joy of a horse on drugs. Regardless, I'm excited! :)
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    10-14-2013, 01:34 AM
I didn't get to be there when my gelding got gelded. I had to work, so my best friend sent me tons of pics from her phone. Poor baby. The vet said he took the least amount of sedative to become the most droopy of any horse his size the vet had ever seen (he was 15.1hh and about 1100-1200lbs).

Living in cowboy country, where superstition regarding livestock is a matter of course, the vet threw Aires' testicles onto the top of his stall after he finished to "ward off infection and bad luck" (don't worry, he gave us antibiotics, too ). Oddly enough, he healed quickly and cleanly with no issues and not even a hint of infection.
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    10-14-2013, 01:43 AM
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I've always enjoyed watching equine medical procedures too. I'm there for all the castrations in the neighborhood. Plus it is a great opportunity to talk to the vet and pick their brain.
    10-14-2013, 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Living in cowboy country, where superstition regarding livestock is a matter of course, the vet threw Aires' testicles onto the top of his stall after he finished to "ward off infection and bad luck" (don't worry, he gave us antibiotics, too ). Oddly enough, he healed quickly and cleanly with no issues and not even a hint of infection.
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No one told me about that until well after I bagged Zane's balls and threw them away. That might explain why he got infected. My vet didn't believe in antibiotics as a matter of course, but after my colt ran a fever and was oozing puss I got the vet back out and asked for antibiotics. Every vet does things a little differently based on their experiences.
    10-14-2013, 02:00 AM
Ha! That's a first, I've never heard of that one before. You've gotta love the old cowboy superstitions though.. makes you wonder who started them, how they were started and if they really work. Based on you two, I'm inclined to think that it's true. ;) Either way, I'm glad that you guys' gelding sessions went well, or at least in the case of your gelding, trailhorserider, that he healed up without other interruptions!

This colt has a hernia as well and I believe she said something about the vet checking the hernia out but not actually "clipping it up" (or whatever you do to hernias.. I'm a newbie at this stuff.) Whoo I'm just an excited mess!
    10-14-2013, 06:11 AM
Lucky! My boy had to go to the clinic and be hung upside down ;)

I did have to shove my phone under every day and take a picture so I could clearly see if there was any infection.. didn't throw them on the roof, but he healed very well without issues ;)
    10-14-2013, 08:51 AM
Before they "float" the teeth, ask if you can feel the teeth and if there are points, hooks and ridges and uneven surfaces...
Most people have no idea of how large the oral cavity is on a horse, nor how far back those rear teeth extend... a great learning experience.

As for the gelding/castration procedure.... been at many, antibiotics were pretty much the norm of post-surgical routine... as for the testicles... never threw them on top of the barn/stall area but did have to fight the dogs off so they wouldn't steal and eat them...yuck! We use to bury them in the horse poop truck and discard them when we dumped the truck.
    10-14-2013, 11:59 AM
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I watched my baby boy get gelded. I even filmed it and put it on YouTube LOL. In the video, they're making fun of how "tiny" he is. Poor guy just can't catch a break! it is definitely very interesting. My first witnesses to a gelding procedure and it had to be on my baby.
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    10-14-2013, 12:10 PM
I do have to say that that sounds like a fun day! Lol I'm going to confess here..... I've been a part of putting the discarded manly bits above the stall. Our vet has really always done it outside if it's nice out in the summer/spring, but when they come in for that night up the balls go. Haha cowboy superstitions are fun and odd to say the least.
    10-14-2013, 12:25 PM
I don't find it fun at all to watch a gelding, esp. That crunching noise! You might want to plug your ears for that part! It is amazing how quickly they recover, though.

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