Ace's gelding injury - should this be fixed?

This striking 12 year old paint gelding was a bucking stock stallion for all of his life until a couple of days ago. He is now on the road to recovery and trust as he learns that not all humans are bad!

Should this be surgically fixed?

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Ace's gelding injury - should this be fixed?

Postby Juliane on Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:15 pm

When Ace was gelded a couple months ago, the tissues were left open and hanging, to allow the best possible drainage. It took about a week before Ace was able to get proper exercise as he wasn't touchable and I didn't have the round pen yet.

Since then, his wound site has healed and there is no sign of infection or discomfort. However, it's UGLY. There are flaps of dead skin on both sides.

Should this be fixed or no?

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Postby ptownevt on Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:03 am

I guess that unless his health is at risk, i.e., infection, I wouldn't do anything with it right now. I would be afraid that further cutting there might set him back emotionally.
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Postby LorsaDoon on Sun Jul 02, 2006 8:01 pm

Is that one pointy piece that hangs down hard or soft? If it is hard, I think I would have the vet check it out.
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Postby Juliane on Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:48 pm

I have no idea if it's soft or hard. I don't have the guts to reach in and squeeze!!! :P
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Postby LorsaDoon on Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:53 pm

Is Ace's scar looking any better? I do think it looks like proud flesh or something that has grown out of the original insision.
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Postby Juliane on Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:37 pm

It still looks the same... I don't think I'm going to worry about it right now - it's certainly not bothering him. It's just ugly. It makes him look like he has teats! :shock:

Once I feel that we are further along in our bonding and partnership, I'll see about having it removed.

I wonder if his castration at the lot was actually a standing castration? Or if they laid him down?
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Postby maefly on Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:37 pm

Of the boys my family has had we only had one standing castration. He had a piece of fatty tissue hanging out that the vet said to leave. The tissue eventually dried up and fell off, but it took a really long time. We didn't like the job that vet did, so the next time we needed our boys gelded we went else where and they wouldn't even do a standing castration. We've had 3 done laid out and none of them ever had a problem. I'm no vet, but to me Ace's looks like it's not just fatty tissue. I don't think it'd hurt him to leave it there, but once he's good about being handled back there I'd look into getting it removed.
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