Scout is scheduled to lose his jewels next Wednesday! Yay! He's the only critter on the place with testicles, must amend that. Not that I have anything against boys, if I needed an intact male of any kind (other than human) around here. But I don't. I'm glad we're getting it done without him ever realizing he's a boy.
Anyone want to share any stories of gelding with me? Preferrably more good than bad? I don't know what the percentage of complications is, but I'm a little worried something might go wrong after the fact. We have a vet around here that's been known to leave sponges in there. And then try to charge for the farm call to remove it and the treatment of the infection! Not my vet, thank you very much.
Linda mentioned gelding after the first frost to make sure flies aren't a problem. Amazingly enough, we have very few flies right now. I heard that we've already had a frost. Not sure if that's true, but I have been able to see my breath at night when I feed.
The main reason I'm not waiting another month to geld him is that I want to wean him. But I want to geld him and have him recovered before I wean him. So I'm kinda in a hurry. Bella is only 3, and I would LOVE to get a little more growth on her if at all possible. Taking the baby off her might help with that. I know, it's a long shot. (Reminder, I did not breed Bella, she was bred on the range before the BLM roundup. I would never breed a 2 year old. Or a 3 year old. Or maybe any horse...) Also, I want to start working with Bella, which I can't do with Scout pulling on her halter and getting in the way of her lead rope. I could take her out, true, but it would be more convenient if he were weaned. I'm not weaning early, he'll be at least 6 months old when I separate them. Not sure why I'm getting all defensive about weaning the boy. Anyway, there's my rambling on that subject.
Sooo... Just to bore you a bit more... Today I took in the recyclables, went to the feed store, Taco Bell, grocery store, fought with my son there, came home, sat on my butt, scraped and sanded trim, picked up the in-laws' mail, went to my sister's to get back some borrowed stuff, lend some stuff, and borrow some more stuff, dropped off the in-laws' mail, and then came home and worked on dinner. Ooh, that reminds me, I need to work on chocolate chip cookies. And separating out some sourdough starter for bread tomorrow. Mmmm, cookies. Mmmm, homemade bread. Better make sure I work extra hard tomorrow to make up for my gluttony.
Tomorrow I think I'm supposed to ride with my mom and her friend (who I'm nervous about putting on Mack) and then scrape and caulk and maybe paint, and then go to the fair.
Good times, my friend, good times! Better to be busy than bored.