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    02-25-2013, 02:52 PM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
So is it final? Is he through? That would be such a sad thing.
There's a slim, like 10% chance, he'll recover as a breeding stallion.
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    02-25-2013, 04:25 PM
Originally Posted by WSArabians    
There's a slim, like 10% chance, he'll recover as a breeding stallion.
Well I hope he does. If he does not, he will make a great gelding. Do you have any of his sons that can take his place as a stallion?
    02-25-2013, 04:28 PM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
Well I hope he does. If he does not, he will make a great gelding. Do you have any of his sons that can take his place as a stallion?
I'm waiting on his first foal crop this year.
Fingers crossed he gives me something amazing to make up for all this trouble.
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    03-21-2013, 02:02 AM
How is he doing? It has been a while any updates?
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    03-21-2013, 02:14 AM
He is doing good! Most of the swelling has gone down, right now it's just a slight issue because his sheath got so swollen, it's not shrinking back down to size yet so whenever he pees and then retracts (no paralysis!) there's so much excess that it just flips outward, instead of inwards. If that makes sense. That, I'm sure, will cure with time.
What we're not sure about is whether the frostbite was bad enough that it will allow the tip of the penis to flare out during breeding. That's where stallions are most sensitive (nerves and all) so they're worried that it was deep enough that he won't be able to flare it out, or be able to get excited.
Now, he's prancing at the fence and squealing like a banshee (poor dude, finally out of stall rest!) but he isn't dropping. Just squeals and snorts and then goes back to his food. He was never (quite the opposite, in fact) aggressive breeder, and the mares are only in a transitional heat so it may differ when it's warm and everybody is begging for it... Only time will tell.
I'm straddling the fence of not giving up hope and not having too much hope that he will be breedable. I REALLY want him to breed again, but I've also resigned myself to the fact that he'll be gelded if it's best for him. Thankfully, he isn't a handful so it's no problem keeping him around the summer as a stallion to see if that's enough time. *fingers crosses*
    03-21-2013, 11:54 AM
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My fingers are crossed for you, too. How many foals are you expecting from him this season?
    05-26-2013, 05:38 PM
So I've had quite a few PM's asking how Reed is doing.
Still... Getting better. We're not out of the woods yet, but we're still making some progress.
I've attached two photo's of how he looks now. Most of the swelling is gone, it's just a matter to see how much of the tip recovers. He is able to meet the ladies over the fence and he does get what I call a "half stiffy" and is very "into" it still. I think, because the tip is still rather scabbed, that when he tries to flare the tip out it breaks the scab open and causes pain - so he quits.
I will not be able to breed him this year but I'm crossing my fingers that over the summer he will recover enough to be able to do some mares next year.
I did lose my first foal from him this year, and the next two due are fairly close (one purebred Arabian, one Morab) so hopefully in a few weeks I will have my first Reed foal.
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    05-26-2013, 05:46 PM
Just for reference - this was the initial injury we were dealing with:
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    05-26-2013, 07:41 PM
Wow. That was really bad! He does look better. Looks like he could use a little viagra.
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    05-31-2013, 05:20 PM
Poor guy. I hope he keeps improving and that you can continue breeding him. Can't wait to see his babies!
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