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post #11 of 17 Old 10-14-2013, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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So I just got back from the vets and it was super fun, I learned a lot and was pleasantly surprised by the over all lack of gore in the castration! We brought him to the vet's stall, had him knocked out in nothing flat and proceeded to snip away. The vet says that the hernia (3/4 fingers in width) will have to be surgically fixed in the months following this little guy's gelding recovery. Since they require different healing procedures he didn't want to strain the colt that way.

For anyone wondering, he did not take part in the superstition. He followed more of a route similar to horselovinguy's example. It was buried in the poop.. probably to keep the barn cats out of it.

KatieQ, it might have been due to the surrounding thunder but I didn't hear a crunch? I did really feel for the colt when they completely snipped off though. It was the last snip before the powder was applied and we moved onto the mare.

Incitatus, were you given a reason for the testis being put over the door?

As for the floating, the vet wouldn't let me really mess with the mare after she was drugged up and he had the specter thing in her mouth. He just wanted to get it done.. no worries though, my neighbor is extremely knowledgeable herself and was able to explain what was happening and why! Maybe next time. :)
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post #12 of 17 Old 10-14-2013, 01:38 PM
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I took my Hackney pony to a castration clinic in central MN this spring. The procedures are done by teams of vet students under supervision, out in an open field, it was actually raining when we got there. Lots of Stallions, a few Donkeys, it was a very interesting day. Some were done laying down, saw them do one standing up, had one get loose and dash across the field. Watched one drag their owner all over the place, both before and after. The testicles were all collected in a bucket for later disposal.

My Hackney did just fine, no infection, little swelling, and he is a little easier to handle, now that he doesn't wig out every time a mare gets close.

You won't hear the "crunch" on a little one, it is a much easier procedure. The crunch happens when the cord connected to the testicle is clamped and pressure cauterized. I heard it, and it made me cringe.

One thing we noticed was that there were very few male vets there. There were two male DVMs there, one in charge of anesthesia, and one supervising a group of students. All the other DVMs were women. We didn't see all the students, but the groups we observed were all women. Does this mean very few men are going into Vet Med? I didn't ask lots of questions, but this does make me curious.
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-14-2013, 01:59 PM
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My VetMed class (2011) was about 90% women. Most vet students now are female, make of that what you will. It's a bit of a shame though, the men we did have in our class were wonderful and the world could always use a few more like them. Not that we females were terrible, but I think having a mix of different genders and viewpoints is an important advantage in a practice and I would hate to lose it.

Castrations are good fun. I am glad you had a chance to learn something, and it's not an opportunity you really get every day!
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Yeah my vet gave the same reasons as previously stated "To ward off infection and bad luck." Although he did also mention that if you want a gelding to act less stallionish (like if they're being cut late) to put the balls in sight when they wake up. He said they see them and remember that they have none and lose the studlieness then. haha never tried that one.....

As for the vet med, my prevet class/vet school accepted is predominately female. They said our class was the first time in a long time they've seen as many males as they did.
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-14-2013, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
I'm there for all the castrations in the neighborhood. .
LOL How do you get notice of them???? Facebook...notice at the feed store????
The neighbors should sell tickets. Set up bleachers. Might help offset the cost of the procedure.

This is funny.
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-14-2013, 08:08 PM
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Well, that's....interesting. At least they don't geld humans in front of their moms!! O,o that would be really awkward if they did.

That's good that you get the experience though, but really? They threw the balls over the stalls? That's a teensy bit disturbing...especially if you left them there....


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post #17 of 17 Old 10-14-2013, 08:17 PM
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First time I saw a horse gelded was when we did our colts 2 years ago. I had one and my mom had one. We did mine first, and then hers after. We did it outside in the grass. We also had a calf for the vet to look at, so everyone went inside to do that while I watched the colts. Mine kept kinda waking up (because we did him first), but I'd pet him and he'd lay his head down again. But then my mom's colt finally woke up and put his head up. Then mine woke up again.

And then they both stood up at exactly the same time, wobbly, and both looked at each other and made this sad little wimper/knickering sound to each other, and wobbled to each other to sniff noses.

It was hilarious!! It was like they both woke up and went "Oh no!!!! Did the same thing happen to you too????"

Poor babies. They handled it well though!

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