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cowgirlup24 12-10-2011 10:53 PM

Questions about herniated testicle
 
I am considering a 2yr old QH colt but there is a catch to him.He has a herniated testicle.I have never heard or dealt with this so I am lost.. My questions to you guys are: What is it? How is it going to affect the horse? Would the horse need surgery? and if yes,how much do you think it would cost? Thank you ahead of time :D

paintedpastures 12-10-2011 11:01 PM

He should have surgery for sure,as to cost have no Idea:?
You could try just phoning some vets to inquire what is involved & the cost,that way you can decide if this colt is even worth considering.

Ladytrails 12-10-2011 11:06 PM

Oops, sorry - double post -

Ladytrails 12-10-2011 11:14 PM

I think what you may be talking about is a scrotal hernia, where a loop of intestines drops from the abdomen through a canal into the scrotum where the testicles are. The canal is there so that the testicles can drop in a young colt from inside the abdomen to the scrotum where they belong. If that's what you are dealing with, it might need surgery and if I were buying the colt, I would assume that surgery would be needed at some point. If the intestine gets caught and pinched, it loses blood supply and the tissue can die. It's called a strangulated hernia at that point and it is a life-threatening condition. Sometimes in young animals the muscle will grow stronger and the 'canal' will get smaller but at 2, I would assume that if he's still having trouble with it, it might not completely close.

cowgirlup24 12-10-2011 11:32 PM

Thank you!! :) I have never heard nor dealt with anything like this before so to be brutally honest I don't even know what the technical term for this was..The owner called it a herniated testicle so I called it the same *blush*.. I'm waiting to hear back from the owner on more info about it all. Monday I will call around to the vets in my area and see what they say about the cost for surgery to fix something like that..Ladytrails,thank you for that wonderful easy to understand explanation! :)

cowgirlup24 12-11-2011 01:01 AM

*UPDATE*

I just heard back from the owner and from what they were saying it really sounds like he is a crypt. If I do purchase him I would have him gelded no matter what,but with him most likely being a crypt there would be no if's,and's or butt's about it..his jewels would have to go.

Ladytrails 12-11-2011 01:06 AM

So the important thing is to figure out whether he's a crypt with the testicle slipping in and out, or whether it's never been 'out'. If it's in all the time, it could be really wayyyyy up in there which is major major surgery. Good luck!

cowgirlup24 12-11-2011 01:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Ladytrails (Post 1261709)
So the important thing is to figure out whether he's a crypt with the testicle slipping in and out, or whether it's never been 'out'. If it's in all the time, it could be really wayyyyy up in there which is major major surgery. Good luck!


Ok,thank you again :) I actually wrote that down so I wont forget:oops: I'm hoping to go and look at him within the next week.Do you think my vet would be able to check when he does the PPE(horse is local)?

smrobs 12-11-2011 01:24 AM

^^Agreed, you'll have to decide if he's worth the added cost. From what I understand, a gelding surgery for a crypt is neither simple nor cheap.

The vet should be able to give you a good idea during the PPE.

cowgirlup24 12-11-2011 01:39 AM

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Originally Posted by smrobs (Post 1261720)
^^Agreed, you'll have to decide if he's worth the added cost. From what I understand, a gelding surgery for a crypt is neither simple nor cheap.

The vet should be able to give you a good idea during the PPE.


Very true.They aren't asking anything for him because of this issue and just want to find him a good home.So if he vet checks out fine then the money that I would have spent on buying him would just go towards the cost of surgery..IF I decide that he is truly what I am looking for. Things like this make me glad that I started a savings account a while ago just for any "horsey emergencies".:wink:


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