Hi, I'm new on here but i have a question for anyone who has been thru this before. My warmblood x qh stud colt is now 17 months old. He goes from having both to not having both dropped. I have been told by two different vets and different points in time that he either has them or doesnt. I don't remember if i checked when he was first born was too busy trying to get him to nurse because he would not. Should i wait til Spring when he is almost 2 years old? Have the surgery now? Or has anyone heard that they are sterile if they only have one?
There's an article on cryptorchidism on the site here.It should answer some of your questions.
The bottom line is though, if he's got two testicles down, even if you can't see them at all times, he's not a cryptorchid. the vets are correct. He either has two or he doesn't. Unless there is a significant conformational defect internally, it is impossible for a testicle to go back up into the abdominal cavity, although it might be in the inguinal canal (from where it is more likely to descend) - although again, it is less likely to ascend and descend into it, so if you are not seeing two testicles all the time, it is more likely that the horse is cold or uncomfortable with something and is merely withdrawing them close to his body, which is normal.
Cryptorchid stallions are usually not infertile. A single descended testicle will quite happily produce sperm.
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