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  • Does a horse have to be npo prior to a gelding surgery?

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    03-27-2013, 11:34 AM
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I think there is also merit in them not remembering the surgery. They do remember receiving the drugs prior to the surgery which can be quite traumatic. The course of events could in their mind be. I got caught, someone new and strange who smells weird and like animals in pain (ie the vet) came up and gave me a shot with/or without restraint. I go blank and I woke up in some pain. So, I am not going to get caught again because I feel lousy and last time I got caught. In addition, some of the drugs used are dissociative anesthetics which means your horse trips out a little (whose says its a good trip).
     
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    03-27-2013, 08:00 PM
  #12
Yearling
Ya'll are giving this animal way too much credit. He does not associate his people with pain, he's sore and crabby.

Seriously??? A shot is traumatic? Really???
     
    03-27-2013, 10:40 PM
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Green Broke
Personally, the only reason I can say that he may (or may not, but it is a possibility) is because my old lease had gotten a nice slice on her leg and was on antibiotics for a month twice a day, intravenous. After the second day, it took 4 days to catch her because she knew you had the needle back in the barn, and she was having none of it. That horse looked at humans as the cause of her pain when she was in the barn twice a day, even though she got a good brush everytime she was in there.
After a couple more times of having to trick her into the barn and shutting the gate, she became dangerous. Not only did she not want to come like she did before, she was kicking, biting, striking, etc at anyone that came close to her. She ended up giving her a week without catching her and switching to an oral paste antibiotic...Ended up with the same result. Her wormer has to go over feed now, and you can forget giving her a shot without a twitch and stocks.

That's my point as to the fact that he COULD associate OP with pain.
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    03-28-2013, 12:09 AM
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Foal
My horse was gelded when he was about 1 or 2 years old, and we kept our distance from each other for about a month and a half, because he was uncomfortable, and not up for exercise or training. I went out to the barn to groom him a few times, and he came up to me every time, and he still had some of his "studdish" behavior. But he was also grouchy after being gelded, simply because it was uncomfortable. It has nothing to do with their emotions.
With that being said, my horse wasn't "knocked out cold" while he was being gelded. It was done in the comfort of his own barn, and I even held up his head & petted him while the whole thing was being done. He never did fully fall asleep, but he was close. :)
     
    03-28-2013, 02:06 PM
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The shot may or may not be traumatic. The stocks, twitch, shanks, metal halters, shouting, swearing, rearing, kicking and slapping/punching I see on a nearly daily basis for horses getting injections indicate its an unpleasant experience.
     
    03-28-2013, 02:15 PM
  #16
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You need a new vet ! ^^
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    03-28-2013, 02:48 PM
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The shot may or may not be traumatic. The stocks, twitch, shanks, metal halters, shouting, swearing, rearing, kicking and slapping/punching I see on a nearly daily basis for horses getting injections indicate its an unpleasant experience.
Something is seriously wrong if you need any or all of that to give a shot...
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    03-28-2013, 04:34 PM
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The world is full of spoiled horses and our only defense is twitches and tranqs.
     
    03-28-2013, 07:48 PM
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Yearling
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Something is seriously wrong if you need any or all of that to give a shot...
No kidding. If gelding or a shot is traumatic, a new vet is needed.
     
    03-28-2013, 09:32 PM
  #20
Foal
Update on Joe, he is doing somewhat better. Had the vet check just to make sure there was no infection, and there was not. He is still standoff-ish, but at least now will enjoy a good neck rub. I am considering bringing in a friend for him, I know they are not meant to be solo animals. I was also keeping him in a smaller area per the vet, but I decided to let him have his pasture back. This seems to make him a little happier
Thank you to everyone that replied, it's nice to know people on here are willing to share their experiences to set another's mind at ease
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