Losing his manhood!

14h, 8 year old, bay pony gelding. The FLO picked this horse up from an Indian Reservation and was told that he was wild. The FLO owner decided to hold him back for now, so he halter broke him. This guy is a little resistant to having the halter put on but once it is on, he walked calmly and obediently behind him.

Losing his manhood!

Postby Juliane on Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:05 pm

Poor Connor got to meet Dr. Haag today! Little did he know, when he woke up this morning, that today he would become a gelding! Of course, he did pick today to roll in the fresh mud so he was coated from head to toe! Thanks Connor - you made a lovely first impression! :P

At 9am this morning, Dr. Haag, her assistant and I got to work preparing Connor for his surgery. He was easy to catch, as he comes right up to me now. I led him out to the front of the barn, where the softest ground is. After a quick introduction, Dr. Haag got to work giving him a light sedative. She wanted to be able to perform an initial exam, including checking his temperature. However, Connor wasn't so keen on that idea, so the light sedative took the edge off just enough to perform the task at hand.

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From there, Dr. Haag gave Connor the general anesthesia sedative needed to put him under. Connor was much better about the second needle poke! :P He's also very much of a lightweight and was ready to lay down almost immediately!

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Dr. Haag and her assistant were amazing as they helped Connor lay down quietly and gently, one on each end providing support to keep him from falling.

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Once down, Connor was blindfolded and had a pad put under his head to provide comfort and support against the hard ground.

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I was given the pleasant assignment :roll: of holding Connor's leg up for Dr. Haag as she performed the surgery! You wouldn't believe how heavy that pip squeek's leg got after 45 minutes! Whew!

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After the surgery was done, Dr. Haag checked Connor's teeth and agreed with Chelsea and I that he was likely 8 years old. He was also in severe need of a float, as he has some very sharp hooks!

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After that, we just sat there and waited for Connor to come out of the general anesthetic, before allowing him to get up. Boy, did he look worse for the wear!

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After standing and getting his bearings, we were able to get him to take small wobbly steps to his stall. Once in there, I stood with him as he tried to wake up. He was certainly frustrated because he was hungry and I wasn't allowed to let him eat. Poor guy!

By the time I left, he was a bit more with it, though still pretty foggy! When I stopped by tonight, he was demanding dinner. His wound looked good - swollen, but good :) Tomorrow he starts his exercise program and antibiotics. Wish us luck!

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Postby Rachelle on Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:54 am

The poor guy... Sounds good though. I think it's mostly more traumatic for us humans than the horses. :wink:

Keep us updated. What kind of excersize program are you putting him on until he heals? I have Rhoen to geld soon and I've never been around a 'freshly' gelded horse. I know the vet will tell me what I need to do, but I thought I'd ask...
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Postby seahorse on Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:01 am

Poor little big man!! I am sure he will be an even better guy than he already is though. Thank you so much Juliane for being there for him!

Rachelle- the standard is 24 hours of stall rest and then work them. REALLY work them as it increases circulation and keeps the swelling down.
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Postby Rachelle on Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:34 am

Thanks for the info. It's kind of what I figured already anyway. I can't wait until Rhoen weighs enough so that the vet will geld him. He's much to studdy right now.

I really like Conner. He's' going to be a great little horse when he's all finished. I think he'd make a great little western horse...
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Postby zeesmom on Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:11 pm

How is Connor surviving his gelding/healing process? Hope all is well!
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Postby Juliane on Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:59 pm

Poor Connor! This gelding surgery has been pretty hard on him. His recovery has been fairly textbook, with all the usual swelling signs. However, he's lost some weight, and his swelling has lasted longer than it did for Rory's gelding surgery a few months ago.

We are now on Day 8 since the surgery - this morning he had his last mouthful of SMZ antibiotics and exercise session. He was getting worked morning and night in his paddock for at least 20 minutes to minimize swelling.

His attitude and appetite are normal - he's such a pleasant little guy! He's very sweet and loves to be cuddled! He is currently getting about 3+ flakes of orchard grass and a couple handfuls of Strategy GX morning and night to get his weight back up.

Hopefully by next weekend, he'll be ready to proceed his training under saddle :) Until then, he's just getting lots of pampering and loves!

Here's a few pics of his swelling site over the past week:

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Postby softhart on Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:42 pm

Ouchie, day three looks positively misserable. Today's pic looks very good. Poor guy, although I bet he is loving the pampering :wink:
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Postby zeesmom on Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:25 am

Holy Cow! I have only been through one gelding and that was a young horse. It didn't look that bad - poor guy! Happy to see that he is returning to normal (well a little less than normal :)

I am so happy to hear that he is friendly and kind. I do wish there was a bit more truth in his pre-lot history. He just doesn't seem to be an unhandled reservation pony! 'Spose we just won't ever know.


Thanks for taking such great care of Connor.
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Postby Nikki on Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:41 am

Day 3 makes it look like he got some implants! I thought they were supposed to be taking stuff out, not adding. :lol:
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Postby seahorse on Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:41 am

He look slots better!! Thank you for taking such good care of the Con-man! I wish I was going with you on the ride tomorrow :cry:
I will try to get up there this weekend to see the little man and give you a hand!
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Postby Rachelle on Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:52 pm

Ouch! That looks like it hurts, poor guy. I get to go through this next week. Rhoen gets gelded next Friday. I found a new vet today with help from a rescue and she is wonderful and said that he's ready to get gelded. I hope he does better than poor Connor. I cringe just looking at those pics.
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