Do I just have a freck???? you say that by the age of 2 if it is not droped through the ring then they are crypt??? We had more than one vet out to check our Stallion @ age 3 and they could not find anything he was not dropped through the ring. but @ age 4 it came down all the way down???? He showed No symptoms of being Crypt????
quote name='Nathan Luszcz' date='May 1 2008, 11:31 AM' post='1012276']
I think we have a failure of terminology here... two questions are being discussed.
1) My 2yo has only one testicled DROPPED... is he a crypt?
2) Is the testicle hiding, or is it retained?
1) If its not dropped through the ring by the second year, that testicle is fried and infertile. Yes, he's a crypt.
2) If that testicle IS dropped, but hiding and unable to be found, but outside of the ring and able to drop and rise even if you can't find it, is he a crypt? No. Will it eventually grow large enough to be easily seen, and the ligaments/muscles grow and stretch to the point where he will look like a normal stallion? Yes. Will this stallion be fertile? Should be!
I think a lot of minis have problem #2... true crypts don't just resolve themselves that late in life, and don't result in a fertile testicle. But they are so dang tiny and ponies in general seem to have very good hide-n-seek skills with their testis. I personally feel its a failure to FIND the testicle, not that its retained!