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    02-07-2014, 03:04 PM
  #1
Foal
I don't think my colt has dropped yet?

So I bought my first horse almost a year ago in May. He was 2 weeks old when I picked him out. He's going to be 9 months old tomorrow and I haven't seen his boys. So then I read that you can try feeling for them. No luck there either... I just tried finding them a few minutes ago outside.

I heard from friends of mine that you can geld as early as 6 months, and that was always my plan. Except that I'm in alberta and its freezing cold right now. But Theres no rush because the neighbour horses he has contact with are all geldings. And he's my only horse.

But I'm getting concerned that I havent seen them yet? I also have to send him to another farm this fall to be horse sat while I go to nova scotia to visit family. So I definitely need to address it before that.

So my question is...how unusual or usual is this? Should I assume that by now theyre not going to drop on their own?
     
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    02-07-2014, 03:07 PM
  #2
Yearling
I have seen some colts not drop till they are 18 months old. Its not uncommon. They don't all drop soon after they are weaned. Give him a little time.
     
    02-07-2014, 03:27 PM
  #3
Foal
Ok, so theres still hope yet? That's good
     
    02-07-2014, 03:33 PM
  #4
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tupelo    
Ok, so theres still hope yet? That's good
Remember too that they can 'suck up' because of the cold. He may be waiting til it gets a little warmer to let down.
     
    02-07-2014, 06:27 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
Remember too that they can 'suck up' because of the cold. He may be waiting til it gets a little warmer to let down.

Very good point. I didnt think of that. I guess I'll have to wait till spring to know for sure if he's going to be a late bloomer or not
     
    02-07-2014, 07:41 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
I have seen some colts not drop till they are 18 months old. Its not uncommon. They don't all drop soon after they are weaned. Give him a little time.
When I was growing up, we had a horse who was around the 18 month mark too.
     
    02-07-2014, 08:44 PM
  #7
Weanling
It is normal, but have a vet look at him from time to time when he grows up. Nothing to worry about at 9 months, just ask a vet when you should start worrying.
     
    02-07-2014, 08:51 PM
  #8
Weanling
Alberta? Maybe it is just too cold...
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    02-07-2014, 08:52 PM
  #9
Started
Some are later to drop like 18mths mentioned. I had 2 late to drop.one thing I did note with them is sometimes I could find one when they were lying down.

Vet always said if they had 2 down at birth they will still be there just hiding.
My one gelding I waited till about 14-16mths still nothing visible but remembered what he had said & knew this colt had 2 when born so hope that held true Took him to geld & was prepared to do crypt surgery on him. Well vet examined him,Did some searching/digging & sure enough they were sucked way up & small. He was able to geld him normally
     
    02-07-2014, 10:23 PM
  #10
Yearling
I gelded my boy last April at 10 months old. As far as I could tell there was nothing there, so I had the vet feel around when he came out to give him his vaccines. Sure enough, they were both there, just really small. After the vet took them out he showed them to me and they were about the size of ping pong balls. Poor guy was not well endowed in that department.
     

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