Jos, I'm really hoping you can shed some light on an issue surrounding my stallion.
He is a 12 year old retired Halter show horse, very healthy, and fit, not fat... although he was big and bulky when showing. He stopped showing at 5 years old.
We had him evaluated about a week ago, and his first collection was 21milliion per ml, the second was 19 million per ml, with almost no progressive motility. (after being centrifuged)
The vets there said this was due to his testicles being held up high. If I look, I can see them, but barely. Both vets said they are the right size, and his libido is good.
We have had this stallion since last October, but we have known him his whole life, and in fact were there when he was foaled. He always had two very visible testicles.
My question is, why are they now up so high? What would cause them to move up, and is there anything I can do to bring them back down? The vets also found some scar tissue on his scrotum, so we are going to get in touch with his previous owner to see if he ever sustained an injury there that he knows of.
The vets suggested putting him out to see if just hanging out being a horse will help relax him, and thus, the muscles and ligaments holding his testicles up. So he is now out in a field with two mares, and seems pretty happy.
Any light you could shed on this would be wonderful! Thank you!
Probably what your vet is suggesting is the best solution at the moment.
The other question to ask the previous owners and possibly their trainers is if he has ever received steroids - a testosterone based steroid or Regumate. Either of those - especially at either a young age or for sustained periods - could negatively impact fertility, and both are used regularly in the QH halter horse industry.
I can vouch for his owners not giving him steroids. I'm not sure how long they would stay in his system, but because he won every show, he was tested at the shows.
I'm not ruling out unfair play though. Hopefully I will have some more info about him soon.
I really hope there is some sort of solution, as he really is breeding worthy.
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