Hi I'm new here. Let me preface this by saying I do plan to get a vet out, but I would like to get some opinions in the meantime.
My mare was at a different barn then where she is now from Aug-Feb. In that time she was regularly turned out with a pony "gelding". I have known this pony for over two years and I have always jokingly said the vet left something when he was gelded. This pony exhibits EXTREME stallion behaviour. Not just your typical squealing and striking, but full on stallion like screams and stallion like behaviour. He is in his 20's and we don't realy know his medical history about his gelding etc.
I know for a fact this pony has mounted my mare. Once we saw he was mounting her they were seperated. However, she was definately in heat when they were together. In hindsight, maybe I should've taken his behaviour more seriously.
Now my mare has always been a bit of a hard keeper. I have always had her on large amounts of grain and hay. However, recently she I stopped giving her grain because she was looking a bit tubby. She is on 1 flake alfalfa and 1 flake oat twice a day- not a whole lot. Also I have noticed the area in front of her teats seem more swollen.
Of course, once you start thinking something might be wrong, you start seeing things that your not sure were there before or not.
IF the pony WAS a cryptorchid- how likely is it that he got her pregnant? Are they very fertile? Have you ever met gelding that exhibited extreme stallion behaviours towards other horses- outside of normanl squealing etc.
I know the only way to know for sure is to have the vet out- which I plan on doing. I just wanted to see what people thought the odds are. I feel like I'm being a bit paranoid. Also, I know it depends on the area, but what is the range for the cost of ultrasounds? I'm in CA if that helps.
Firstly, geldings may breed mares. It's not that unusual and one reason why it's a bad idea to keep some geldings and brood mares together.
If a true cryptorchid, with an abdominally retained testicle, there will not be viable sperm. The heat in the abdomen destroys the sperm. If there is an inguinally retained testicle, then sperm may be viable.
Chances are though that he's just a "studdy" gelding, which is not uncommon...
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