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We had a little mini stallion given to the barn owner about 2 years ago, when the mini was 6 months old. All the other horses at the barn are mares and the little mini thinks he is a stud with all the girlfriend around him.

We have had the little stud separated from the rest during this time. Well today all the stars aligned just right for him to be gelded. It cost us $135.50 for the procedure. A couple of us at the barn got together and came up with the money to pay for the little stud to get gelded. I remember about 5 years ago it was $75 dollars.

Is this typical? I thought with a small horse it would cost less, but no. If I brought in a draft it would have cost the same $135.50 as a little mini
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Well, the price going up is most likely because of the economy. Even then, $135 doesn't sound that bad to me, at least. I'm not sure what the usual price for something like that around here is though. Sounds a lot better than having an unexpected foal, that's for sure!
 

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Honestly, that actually sounds inexpensive. It may seem like a lot to you because if I am not mistaken, you are a teenager.

Prices go up. It happens all the time. Gas didn't used to be this expensive either, but it is now. Houses were also cheaper. Cars were cheaper. If all of those now cost more money...then so would a a surgery for gelding.
 

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What prices in the world have gone down? It cost me $150 1 1/2 years ago to get a 2 year old mini gelded. Size has nothing to do with cost.
 

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seems like itw as closer to $200 for me to get it done.... still - it's about that to get a dog done!
 

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It cost me nearly twice that to get my last rescue dog spayed. In all honesty, since I know not a thing about gelding, that price looked pretty good to me. Just sayin.
 

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That seems cheap to me.

A gauze square costs the same no matter if you use it on a mini or a large horse.
The truck to get there uses the same amount of gas too.
 

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It may seem like a lot to you because if I am not mistaken, you are a teenager.
Don't know where you made an assumption for my age, but I am about twice the age that you thinking about.

It does seem like a lot as I have had only one gelding in my ownership a long time ago. During that time it seemed alot then as compared to we casturated our own bull calves, weanling ram lambs, and weanling boar pigs. I was raised on a farm and know that price of feed, fuel, and everything has gone up as compared to 5 or even 10 years ago.
 

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I think you got a really good deal those years ago and you are still getting a good deal.

If you think it is too high, call around and ask for prices from other vets. It will at least make you feel better about the price; knowing what others charge.
 

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That works out to £82, I wish I could get my dog done for that. My cat nearly cost me as much so to me that seems a reasonable price considering how prices have gone up.
 

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I had Caddo gelded last year and it only cost me 75.00 to do it. If I have my stud gelded it is only going to cost me the same amount.
 

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I have called around and compared prices even as far as 30 miles away. So we got the best price in the area, and it is with the vet that we normally use.

Look at the individuals that have grade stallions with grade mares and are selling them, or have a whole mix of stallions. That is kind of where the problem is at. No matter if it is $75 or $500, somewhere people are saying, 'Cannot afford that'. I am not trying to single anyone out or state that a grade horse is no good. The best mare at the barn is a shetland / quarter cross.

It is just a concern for others. We were concerned about the little stud that was at the barn and that is why we got together to get him fixed. Although he was kept in a pretty nice area with 7ft call welded / panel fence. Soon he will be able to run with the girls and no worries on everyone's mind.
 

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some rescues are working on getting low cost gelding programs set up - much like the clinics they do for cats and dogs. some vet schools alraedy offer them. there were a few that were doing $50 geldings. specifically for the reasons you stated above.
 
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