Hi! Im new here as a poster, however I love reading the forums!! I have minis and I know most of you all have the normal size horses but my question would pertain to the large breeds as well as minis, so I would appreciate any help you can give me.My question is, if a colts testicles have not descended yet is he able to sire a foal?? The reason I ask is I have a stallion who didnt drop his unil November 2007, but in April 2007 he was breeding a mare.At that time his privates had not dropped and my hubby swears that it would have been impossible for him to sire at that time. The mare is heavy in foal and I know she was in heat at the end of April 2007 and by her size and all other indications, I feel that is when she was bred. So what are the chances that he sired a foal even though at that time he didnt have dropped testicles???
I believe that they have to be out of the abdomen, but they dont have to be "dropped" like a mature stallion. For example, I was very worried about my two year old stallion. It looked as though he hadnt dropped, so I had the vet look at him, and he said that both of the testicles were there, they had just not dropped like a mature stallions do. He said that he would be able to reproduce at this time, even though it didnt look as though he had dropped.
So to answer your question, yes, they can sire a foal if the testicles are out of the stallion's abdomen. In my case, you couldnt tell my colt is a stallion, but the vet said that he fealt both were there, and the chances are good that if I wanted to breed him, I could.
Ahhhh, Kimberly....this is one area that differs a little from big horses to minis. I have seem MANY minis sire foals while "undropped". It is not an uncommon thing. Rule of thumb in the little guys is...when they start acting like a stallion...separate em! I've known yearlings to be completely breedable even when not dropped. Many times they are outside the ring, but not down in the sack....so, it's not impossible at all!! As a matter of fact, it's probable. If he was breeding in april, he was probably below the ring...especially if he dropped so soon after in november. www.mysticrockminis.com
I thank you SOOOOOOOOOOO much!! I didnt know how closely to watch my mare yet or if I still had time to let her be in the open field but I will just keep her in her stall now and continue to loose sleep till the baby comes!!!!!! Its kinda funny, I am a breeder of pomeranians, pugs and boston terriers and as exciting as it is having those litters and waiting on them, it just doesnt compare to the excitement of waiting on a foal that you dont know when it will be born!!
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