f his testicals quite frequently. I know he is not "crypt" and he has 2 testicals. He has a weanling colt on the ground who is not crypt either. He does not show seem to be in any pain and honestly I cannot thing of any other reason for him to withdraw them. He is still showing and is shown in halter and him not having both down all the time can be a issue. Any ideas?
Testicles are highly thermoregulated, as well as protected in perceived dangerous situations. If the ambient temperature is hot, the testicles are dropped; if cold, they are raised. If there is a visible or perceived threat, then they are raised. There is only so much room to raise them - they are raised by the scrotal sac being reduced in surface area - so one testicle is typically withdrawn into the inguinal entrance, while the other testicle remains pulled tightly up to it, but still visible externally. Testicles cannot be withdrawn fully into the inguinal canal, so there is no such thing as a stallion who is sometimes cryptorchid, and sometimes not!
Handling in the show ring can be pretty hard on a colt or stallion as far as creating a perceived (or in some cases real ) threat. If you are not showing him yourself, you also might want to monitor his "training" a little more closely...
The judges were trying to convince me he was a crypt at his first show. Being his first show I am sure he felt threatened. I bet its a lot of stress for a 3 yr old stallion to be taken from "his barn" to a new place with new horses, new barn, long trailer ride, noises, lights, etc...
He has not been with a trainer as I have been doing the work myself. He is a big boy and I am a little bitty girl he knows who is the dominate "mare" but nothing more than that. He minds his business and he has his breeding routine down pat. He knows when he is in hand and he is not in the breeding spot there is to be no "stud" behavior. If he does have any behavior he is not punished just redirected and that seems to work really well for him.
I hope with more show experience he will relax more and have less issues with sucking them up. LOL
Thanks for the help, Larisa
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