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Old 07-07-2006, 09:39 PM  
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What is the average cost for Gelding a horse?

As you all know I have a 2 year old colt who is schedule to be geld next week. My vet is charging me $225 plus gas for the trip to my place. What do you guys normally pay? I just want to get an average cost and see if I'm lucky for the price or not.
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Old 07-07-2006, 09:42 PM  
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My Vet charges $150.00, plus $35.00 for trip.

It depends on the Vet.
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I paid $ 130 a couple of years ago and that was including the trip fee of $50 since we were so far away. I hope you know you will have to help, I wasn't prepared to help in the surgery. Or at least I did. I knew I was in trouble when the vet asked me if this was my first time. Wasn't bad, in fact, I normally loving helping out anyway.
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Old 07-07-2006, 10:05 PM  
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It varies so much by where you live and all. I paid 150 out in CA for a beefy 3 yo colt.
Here 3 years ago it was 90.
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Old 07-07-2006, 10:39 PM  
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katys mom, what all did you have to do when helping your vet with the surgery?
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Old 07-07-2006, 10:44 PM  
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I always help, since its just him.

Help hand him things he needed, he places a rope around the horses shoulders and over to the back leg to hold the leg up to get between the legs, and sometimes I would have to pull the leg up farther so he could get down there.

Help with the horse getting back up. Little things like that.

Its not so bad. Actually very interesting to watch.

I do want to suggest you ask him to make sure he gets high enough on the cords and get above what my Vet calls the knots.

When my Vet gelds, he tells us step by step and show us where he clamps, even tho he has gelded a many here, he still does it.

It will be a breeze and over with before you know it.
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It's really a funny story, but after the horse was put down, I was asked to hold his front legs straight up. After I have straddled this horse, holding both front hooves, and facing the back end of the horse, the vet tells me that I need to watch to make sure he doesn't wake up. All I could think is now he tells me! I had a front seat for the procedure. He also told me that if Hershey did wake up that I needed to be ready to move quickly. No kidding, I'm holding his front legs and he thinks I'm going to stay straddling him! I asked him just how many horses have you had wake up on you?? He said just one, but that was enough since the horse was really ticked when he woke up.

Everything went just fine and I'm happy to say the horse did not wake up until after the procedure. No offense to those with Stallions, but Hershey and his behavior cured any thoughts of having a stallion. He was an unruly one. Now he's a big teddy bear.

One thing, we were told to exercise Hershey for 15 minutes every day in the round pen. It made all of the difference in his healing. It kept the swelling down and we didn't have any problems with infections.
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Snickers - Your vet doesn't knock them out?
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Old 07-07-2006, 11:00 PM  
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My friend had her stud colt gelded last weekend and it cost $100.00.
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Yes, he knocks them out.

I would not have it any other way.

You have to have one leg up and out of the way to get between them.
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Ours just rolls them on their backs once they are out. Interesting! Thanks for clarifying.
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I have had that done as well, but on the hard ground, it does hinder breathing some.

Vet also used ropes to secure the back feet. If by chance they start to come out of it, you dont want to get kicked, because they can still kick pretty hard laying down.

Here is a few pics of the gelding and feet trimming form last years mustang Vet call here on the Farm.
They gelded, trimmed feet and gave shots. Had about 10 the first time, and about 8 the second time

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Doug got tired of trimming and sat down.


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It cost me 350 to geld my colt about 1 yr ago. I my be more now with the gas prices being so high?
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Old 07-08-2006, 07:04 AM  
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350? Was there a retained testicle?
Sounds awfully high for a routine gelding.
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Old 07-08-2006, 07:57 AM  
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$100 for gelding if both are dropped. Then the trip fee. We usually call the vet that brings a helper because I can't handle the whole blood thing...passed out once! Our vet calls the corded area the "squealer". I believe it's another $100 if he has to go up to get an undescended testicle. AND, the vet prefers we bring them there if that's the case.

You ever get a bunch of men together for a gelding and boy, do they get raunchy!
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No, He didn't have a retained testicle. I'm just lucky. I called three vets in my area and they all were charging that much. I have one more to do this year but with the money the way it is he will have to wait. I'm going to really have to work on making sure that he stays a very respectful stallion!!!
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Old 07-08-2006, 08:07 AM  
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Re: gelding

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You ever get a bunch of men together for a gelding and boy, do they get raunchy!

. They are to funny.
Watching the expressions on their face when the Vet clamps down on the cord and then cuts through. Bending oever and saying, gosh that hurts me. They are a funny bunch.
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Old 07-08-2006, 08:18 AM  
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No, He didn't have a retained testicle. I'm just lucky. I called three vets in my area and they all were charging that much. I have one more to do this year but with the money the way it is he will have to wait. I'm going to really have to work on making sure that he stays a very respectful stallion!!!
No kidding! Wow that is expensive. My boy was a crypt orchid and the surgery itself was $350, that was 4 years ago. I just had my 2yr old gelded couple weeks ago and it was $70. Broken down bill is $40 for the castration and $30 for the drugs.
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That isn't fair . When I live in louisville ky it only cost me $80 and that included the farm call but that was also about 6 years ago. I figured he is a well breed Reg. Quarter and I have a Reg well bred Quarab so maybe we can wait and he can raise his own gelding fee .
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