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Cryptorchidism = Hidden testes

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By Dr. Molly Bellefeuille, DVM, MS
Cryptorchidism is a condition where one or both testicles do not descend normally into the scrotum. These horses are sometimes called high flankers or are thought to be proud cut. Bilateral cryptorchids are generally sterile while unilateral cryptorchids are fertile. The retained testicle may be located within the abdomen or within the inguinal canal, which is the normal passage way for the testicle into the scrotum. It is more common for a horse to have a retained right testicle. The condition is thought to result from a combination of genetics, hormonal and mechanical factors. All breeds of horses may display this condition. It is thought to be heritable; therefore, affected horses should be gelded as not to propagate this genetic condition. Many breed associations do not allow registration of cryptorchids.
Cryptorchids display standard stallion-like behavior even though they visibly lack one or both of their scrotal testicles. Most horses are not diagnosed with this condition until they are presented for routine castration. Mature horses with stallion-like behavior should be tested for testosterone as they may be a cryptorchid.
To read more pick up the May 2015 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch.

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The American

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By Krista Lucas Wynn

The American Western Weekend on March 8-9 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, was a weekend full of rodeo competition that fans looked forward to for the past 10 years. The night of the American rodeo is something cowboys and cowgirls have worked hard for, in order to have a chance to win a $1,000,000 prize.

The top five from the 2023 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo were invited to compete alongside five contenders. The invitees were vying for a $100,000 paycheck for first place, and if a qualifier won their event and was the only qualifier to do so, he or she walked away with $1,000,000.

In the bareback riding, Kade Sonnier, Keenan Hayes, Jess Pope, and Tilden Hooper made it out of the long round of 10 to advance to the final four-shootout round. WNFR qualifier, Sonnier, made a 90.5-point ride on Agent Lynx to win the $100,000.

To read more, pick up a copy of the May issue of NTFR. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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The Cowboy Culture

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By Phillip Kitts

The mystique and imagined glory of the rodeo road call many young people’s names. As they grow up, they watch the greats of the sport run from rodeo to rodeo and occasionally land on the television giving the perception of the rockstar lifestyle.

No, the glory of the rodeo road is not as grand as, say, the National Football League or the National Basketball Association, but being an athlete competing in front of the yellow chutes of Vegas is just as big a deal, and in every way, can be compared to competing in a Super Bowl.
However, things sure are different in the rodeo world. Let us take a minute and talk about what seem to be simple things in life that impact rodeo and rodeo athletes that in no way would make a difference to the big-money sports.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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The Danger of Lower Limb Wounds of Horses

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By Garrett Metcalf, DVM

It is common for horse owners to have a horse with a wound or laceration at some point in their life. Sometimes small lacerations can be perceived as benign, inconsequential problems that do not need immediate veterinary attention and are managed by the owners or trainers initially. Unfortunately, these simple-looking wounds can involve very important anatomical structures that can lead to serious infections that can be life-threatening or, at best career-limiting, for the horse.

Large wounds tend to get all the attention from owners or trainers because when they occur they are so obvious and visually appalling that medical attention is sought almost immediately. Those types of large wounds can be devastating, but they often involve the upper body regions of the horse, which heal better and often don’t involve structures such as joints or tendons.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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