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post #1 of 7 Old 04-23-2010, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Is this really as bad as they make it sound?

I was looking through craigslist(admiring the cute mini horses) and came across a little guy and his ad said, "We are selling our adorable miniature horse who is almost 2 years old. He is VERY small, all white and blue eyes.. He measures 28" high.He needs a surgery to remove his testicles because they haven't dropped. You have to be willing to get this surgery done for our horse in order for us to consider your home for him. Anyone is welcome to speak to our vet to understand the surgery needed. Please email if seriously interested. He has just had his vaccinations, feet trimmed and has been de-wormed.
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Do they really NEED surgery because their testicles haven't dropped at 18months?(Another ad said he is 18 months and they are selling because he needs this surgery and they cant afford it) I have never heard anything about this but I don't breed and have never dealt with getting a horse 'clipped'.
Sorry, Just wanted to know if this was true.

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It sounds to me like they are being very responsible sellers. Even though they haven't been able to get it done, they likely recognize that he isn't breeding quality and are doing what they can to guarantee that he will not be bred. If I'm not mistaken, many horses drop long before 18 months. There may be some underlying medical condition that they won't drop naturally, IDK. That would be something to discuss with the vet.
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I've definitely heard of horses getting gelded before they drop, and it is much more costly and complicated. I'm not sure the timeline for minis, but most horses in the normal size range (drafts mature slower) will have dropped by 2 years and if they have not the vet will have to go digging.

I think some people will not even wait for them to drop and geld by 1 year to try to avoid having the horse develop stallion habits as the testosterone starts to kick in.

The ad sounds legit - if a little sad that the current owners don't even have the money to geld him themselves.

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Yea, I am not gonna buy him(Wouldn't be allowed to because we have too many animals already :/ he is very cute though!) and I think they are very responsible and they want only what is best for the mini but the fact that in every ad they stressed how important the surgery was I thought maybe it was more uncommon/common than I thought..

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Probably they very much want him gelded before they sell him, and they are trying to be as upfront as possible about the money and trouble it will take. It may be a screening process for them at this point, so they don't have to field calls from people who want a stud, or can't afford the surgery.

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Most horses drop before then. They sound responcible; like they just want to let the horse have a good home without being bred....wow an honest seller?? jk
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Most horse colts drop before they are weaned. The testicals are small and are hard to see or feel but most of the time they are there. This horse must be a double cryptorchid (I think there is a different name if there are two but I can't recall it) and is retaining both testicals high up in his body. I would bet some nice polynesian horse lovers answer the ad. The only surgery he will get is the one that prepares him for the barbecue.

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