Friday, June 12, 2009

A Horses Right Of Passage - Becoming a Gelding

Today was Jacks big Day!
This morning we took him to the Vet to be gelded. I was worried about how we would get him on the trailer cause I'm such a dimwit and didn't work on loading at all this week. He has only ridden in a trailer once before when he was purchased and then he was a foal and road with his mom and dad. I have watched several natural horsemanship shows and I think that paid off today. One of the things I learned was to go slow , let them look - dont push- let them look-and back away, repeat it all over again until the horse loads which usually doesnt take long. But we were in a time crunch so we got King out and loaded him we had to repeat this a few times and Jack finally jumped on in. We went faster than I wanted, BUT luckily he is a quick learner and the experience stayed pleasant for him.
See....he followed his adopted dad and loaded up and made the trip with no problems!
We get to the Vets and he is given his sleepy medicine which began to work right away! But the little bugger needed an extra meds and finally went down
He went out cold! (can you see the blue speck in his eye?)
Jack then had his leg tied up around his chest for easy access and to insure that Jack didn't move his legs while he was being gelded
Awwww my sleeping beauty..notice the feed he was saving in his checks for later?
He is then prepped by Dr Mike (Our favorite Vet!) cleaned with a sanitizing solution
The area must be cleaned of all debris and sanitized to ensure no infection
His scrotum sack is then cut, the Vet pulled out his smaller testicle first

It is then clamped and cut and the testicle removed
As you can see his next nu nu is ready to be removed

This time, since it is much bigger the cord that flows from both testicles is clamped
and held into place while some stitches are put in place As you can see there is VERY little blood. We go by the signs which were below the knees and that ensures very little pain or bleeding. YES the old way and farmers almanac works..we use it for working cattle as well, weaning, etc.

Stitches are cinched up tight
And the last testicle is cut and removed just like the first
Dr Mike then places a few more stitches to close the opening in his scrotum after it too has been cleaned thoroughly.
Here is what it looks like when its completed
Leah and I wern't aware he was so pink! in his underside...he's just cute in every way.
My Boy King waited patiently...I'm sure he was thinking, Been there - done that-glad it's you Jack!
Took Jack what seemed like eternity to wake up...going under always scares me. I'm afraid they wont wake up, but he did with some prodding.
Here is a little bit of random information about Jack. Jack has a genetic strain of DNA thats called Homozygous. He is a Tobiano (click here for more information) which which is the most common spotting pattern, characterized by rounded markings with white legs and white across the back between the withers and the dock of the tail, usually arranged in a roughly vertical pattern and more white than dark. A Homozygous is a spotted pattern coming from a simple dominate gene. A Homozygous can NOT come from a non-homozygous horse but will be produced from any horse that has the gene whether it be homozygous + homozygous or non-homozygous + homozygous. Simply meaning a homozygous horse mare or stallion will always and only throw a homozygous foal. The spots are characterized by secondary spotting called "ink spots," "paw prints," "cat tracks". This means that the dark spots are covered in white hair. below is a picture of the secondary spotting. It is included with the normal spotting such as a "true" Paint being either black and white or brown and white. Click here for more information on the Homozygous gene.
So it was an interesting day, especially for little Jackabo, who isnt so little anymore. He is coming two and was getting quite feisty and getting harder to handle and enjoyed biting. Common for babies I know, but I want that stallion mentality gone as soon as possible. We put fly spray all around his rump and legs, careful not to put it directly on his incision, but to keep the flies away. They are so bad this year. Here are some videos of Jack with the meds taking effect, getting back up and loading back into the trailer. Now THAT scared the daylights out of'll see at the end how close he got to falling off the edge of the ramp! Thankfully that didn't happen and lesson learned, from now on, loading a sedated horse we WILL back the trailer INTO the shed rather than a few feet from it. Another lessoned learned. Enjoy the funny videos!


  1. Glad he wasn't hurt in the final trailer loading. Probably would have been a good idea to have waited a little longer until the sedation had completely worn off. Live and learn, I guess.

  2. Poor Jack he will feel better in a few days.

  3. Our vet left the incision open and did not sew technique I guess and Romeo healed wonderfully. Interesting post....did you throw the testicles over the barn roof for luck....that's what our vet told us that race horse barns used to do? Luanne

  4. Yeah C-ing Spots I totally agree! I was worried about that a BUNCH but of course 2 men talking about all the rain, and farming seemed to not even hear me....the thing is tho he'd also had been laying there a long time, he was still quite out of it when we got home...yes live and learn, next time, if there is one, Vet will come to the house to do it!
    Luanne, he didnt sew the incision shut, he only put in two little stitches to help heal faster, as you can see its open on both sides for drainage. However Jack was out running by later this afternoon, and checked him, NO bleeding at all, and NO SWELLING AT ALL!!!! Go by the signs everyone it DOES make a differnce..hmm hadn't heard of throwing them over the barn roof....bummer, I've got enough bad luck dont need no more!

  5. great pictures and explainations! Very interesting. I have never seen it done up close and personal the only animal I have ever seen done are that is a strange way :) Hope all is well :]

  6. Yikes! I've never seen that procedure up close before. Pretty impressive photos. What did you mean when you said, "Signs below the knee" How does that tell you about there being little bleeding?

    Poor Jack. He had a rought time of it. Good thing the doctors don't treat their human vasectomy patients in the same way during and after their 'V'...forcing them to get up and walk when they are still under anesthesia...and to stand in the back of a trailer driving down the road while all loopy and sore. gah!

    Glad to read that Jack is doing well, though. And I hope the gelding turns him into a bite-free boy and much calmer, too.

    Thanks for sharing the pics.


  7. The act of throwing the horse's testicles is actually still practiced at many, if not all, racetracks. And you don't throw them over the barn roof, you throw them onto the roof and if they stick and don't roll off, it's considered good luck.


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