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Yearling colt with no palpatable testicles

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Cheryl Mondry
Yearling
Username: Cmondry

Post Number: 97
Registered: 05-2010
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - 09:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rascal is just turning a year on Saturday. He has no visible signs of testicles nor has the vet been able to feel either during palpation. Is it possible that he has retained both testicles? I would like to have him gelded soon but should I have him ultrasounded first to see if he even has testicles? Something is definitely driving his libido as he is showing some interest in my other mares....suggestions?
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 3275
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - 09:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have you had him tranquilised during the palpation? Sometimes it is even necessary to lay them down under anaesthetic to be able to palpate the testicles.
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3984
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - 11:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had a mini stallion who was coming 3, and still had no testicles down. I had 2 vets palpate him (neither one of them tranquilized or layed him down) and both vets said he's not even inguinal, he's abdominally retained....and their advice at 3 yrs old was to stop waiting for him to drop, sell him and "get a real stallion". The DAY I had him sold, I went to the barn and he was laying down in his stall with his back legs pulled up to his body...and what do you know! There they were....so i do know that even though you're not sure where they are, it doesn't mean they're not there. I can totally see how tranquilizing and laying them down can help you find them easier. In my stallions 4th year, I rarely saw the testicles in the sac, but knew they were there. In summer, I would see one, but if I reached up under there, it disappeared LOL. It's only this year, as his 5th year, that they are both down where they should be, and he cant suck them up anymore. I don't know if it's just a mini thing or not.....but he was quite masterful with them early on. Best of luck to you and your boy!
 

Cheryl Mondry
Yearling
Username: Cmondry

Post Number: 98
Registered: 05-2010
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 09:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you both for your quick responses. As the surgery for retained testicles is quite expensive - I will definitely speak with my vet about going the tranquilizer route. Hopefully we can find them.



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