Opinions needed on turning out "yearling" colts with "two-year-olds".
The FL drought is forcing me to rearrange some turnouts to spare my pastures. I would like to turn a 2010 colt out with a 2009 who is VERY studdy (he hasn't been gelded yet because one testicle hasn't dropped). They are within inches of each other in height, but the '09 is much bulkier. The '10 is the top dog in his little herd of three, the '09 is aggressive, but currently is the lowest on the totem pole because he is out with two 2008s who are a couple hands taller than he.
I mention all this so maybe I could get you to consider personalities as well as size and age. Are there any risks in this plan? Could the aggressive '09 damage the '10, or would the '10 simply not put up with it, regardless of the age and size difference? Other than the run in shed (three-sided), there is no real place for the '10 to get cornered.
And one last question, if anyone here has had a retained testicle like this, could you give me maybe a rough estimate of the cost to get it out, along with what might be found in there that would impact the cost?