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art - me, story me and Midnight--Blaze
(Pony-Berserker is to be blamed for the horrible part of the comic, though)

Now maybe a few words on the idea.
So, here is a comic on somewhat controversial subject. Before you shout at me how stupid this idea is, let's check some facts. First of all, we have a Gelding Grotto on map of Equestria as seen in IDW comics. Now, MLP pony worlds is based on human world but ponies are still considered 'horses' not 'humans'. So, having that in mind, we know that horses in real life are gelded on a regular basis - it's a 'common procedure'. The beginning of this comic was, however, inspired by real life - in China, up to 20th century, parents sometimes castrated their own children and sent them to the Emperor's palace in hope that their kid would gain access to wealths and power (being an eunuch was actually a 'good' or at least possible way to gain wealth). See, real life writes the most unreal stories.
Now, some of you might argue how impossible it would be for Big Mac to be gelded, but again - let's check some facts. First of all, horses are gelded so they are suitable to work! Also, after gelding they are calmer and behave well. Sounds familiar? Now, Big Mac isn't exactly interested in mares, or relationships. Just like a gelding horse. Cheerilee and Big Mac laughed at the idea of them being in relationship... why? ;) And for Big Mac's voice - castration after puberty does not affect the voice (for humans - but since horses don't speak, we gotta go by this).
Will this subject return in my future comics? Maybe/ :P

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:iconmoonflowersax:
MoonFlowerSax Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, there we are again.
At your most notably comic about that theme I promised to try to not name anymore, if I don't forget it. =p

You draw Big Mac really slender though.

I'm sad about gelded horsies irl.
But - oh well - that opens a whole new discussion about how humans impose their needs and wants on animals, ultimately abusing and hurting them.

Castration was also a common practice in Europe.
And I think that with the higher voice requires the castration before puberty, so it won't happen for Big Mac, even if he would be human.

I still like your comics about gel...el...el...um... former studs.

Yes, males are emotional too but they tend more to suppress it, which is a shame - just as much shame as it is frowned upon in society at many places.

Braeburn looks cute. :aww:
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"You draw Big Mac really slender though" - it's a young BigMac in most of this comic so he had to be slender =P
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:iconmoonflowersax:
MoonFlowerSax Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
But Applejack, Applebloom and Granny Smith have their usual age...
There's an inconsistency.
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*loud sigh*. Granny Smith has always been old in flashbacks. Final panels with AJ and AB happen in the present. Big Mac is also bigger in final panels than in panels of him nightmare.
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:iconmoonflowersax:
MoonFlowerSax Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes you get annoyed easily. :)
Well, he still looks relatively thin on the final panels.

And Granny Smith looks a bit less old in flashbacks, though I only remember that one episode where Applejack got all of them into hospital and I think that episode aired after your comic.

And there also are flashbacks where Big Mac wasn't alive and there you see a young Granny Smith. Sooo, no, she definitely isn't always old in flashbacks. :D
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VectoredThrust Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, dear god in heaven xD
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:icongiantfox:
giantfox Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
They didn't know big mac just had a nightmare...
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:iconrautamiekka:
rautamiekka Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Student Artist
Nor did Mac try to find out what she meant, having just woken up into reality. Although it did occur to me she'd mean the gelding, too.
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:iconrenacer87:
renacer87 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Student
Ha ha ha :D Poor Big Mac :D 

Good work :)
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:iconrautamiekka:
rautamiekka Featured By Owner Edited Aug 28, 2016  Student Artist
He is kinda thin, so he's not nearly as old as canonically, but we got Aj the mare here ...

Not that bad ? They're sedated IRL, and I bet for a good reason. Granny's a little early with that, too, since gelding removes everything, so he'll stay as thin as mares, and has less muscle.
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Big Mac is older and bigger in the sequence after he wakes up.
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:iconrautamiekka:
rautamiekka Featured By Owner Edited Nov 12, 2016  Student Artist
Barely seeable, and I think I were a little off the track. Anyway, he shouldn't be gelded that quickly.
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most horses are gelded when they end their first year of life.
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:iconrautamiekka:
rautamiekka Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Student Artist
Yes, very true, but if you want the boy to be a heavy worker like Big Mac (I have a feeling he's more than a heavy worker), you wouldn't want to geld him before he's more muscular than the young Big Mac, cuz the testosterone production will end on the spot and he won't grow past a mare's level. If even that.
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TheJayster49 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How does gelding work, exactly?
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:iconrnko26:
rnko26 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Eunuchy, snip-snip
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:iconlegacy-galaxy:
Legacy-Galaxy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconthejayster49:
TheJayster49 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I think I figured it out already

...

Yikes lol
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, I can suggest reading a Wikipedia article on that =P
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:iconrautamiekka:
rautamiekka Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Student Artist
There's even a 2-part vid on YT, and the second one warns of graphic.
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FelineGal Featured By Owner Edited Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After reading this, I have developed the headcannon that while Luna was stuck on the moon, Celestia went through a few 'phases' due to lack of long-lasting company and stress, Gelding Grotto was one of those phases.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Edited Jun 19, 2016
Cheerilee, Marble Pie, FleetFoot, Princess Luna, Tealove, Fluttershy, Sweetcream Scoop, "No. Not happening." 
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, if you remember correctly, Cheerilee and BigMac found it funny that they could be in any kind of relationship. Then they were poisoned :P FleetFoot and Tea Love were one-sided crushes on BigMac who didn't care. Princess Luna - he just run away from her. Sweetcream Scoop - she is like Pepe le pew for Big Mac :P Marble Pie? He was just blushing and that's it. Afraid to say the truth :P Fluttershy is just totally a fanfic stuff
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
IMHO we've seen hints that can be interpreted either way with Cheerilee and Big Mac since then. 
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PacificGreen Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If gelding exists in Equestria, it must be a pretty awful feeling.
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
If they're all gilded, how are the apples such a  huge family tree? 
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mares are not gelded :V
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:iconmlpiloveme123:
mlpiloveme123 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student General Artist
but if colts are gelded how do they reproduce?
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when mama pony and dad pony love each other they have a foal... :facepalm:
Mares from the Apple family just look for colts from outside of the family as it should be? Or you expected them to be closed in a neverending loop of incest? :V Not all colts in the world are gelded lol :lmao:
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:iconmlpiloveme123:
mlpiloveme123 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Student General Artist
yeah, sorry it was like 2 am it was not making sense to me!
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:iconclaw11:
Claw11 Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
Fun fact: that was his memories and after he woke up, the dream reminded him what really happend so he rage quit.
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Edited May 24, 2016
First of all, we have a Gelding Grotto on map of Equestria as seen in IDW comics.

(OoC: ........ No we don't. I've revised the map more than once, and it doesn't have a Gelding Grotto)
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:iconlegacy-galaxy:
Legacy-Galaxy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That'd be like naming an underground land Castration Cave.
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
(OoC: There ya go!)
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You need to look harder - derpiboo.ru/1057383 https… and mlpforums.com/uploads/post_ima… on the full map (upper right corner).
Also, your map is not IDW-canon.
And map in IDW comics is just a more detailed part of that big map.
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
(OoC: Well, I see those)
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:icondarthequus:
DarthEquus Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
Question, is Braeburn's suggestion to bite on the stick, based on the whipping scene from Starship Troopers?
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. Biting on a stick to reduce pain is Older Than You Think and isn't a reference to anything specific on one hand and you can find an example of this trope in a plethora of works of fiction on the other.
And it's not limited to eunuch-making process only but also applies to any kind of torture, severe physical punishment or sometimes a medical procedure/operation performed with no anesthetics.
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:icondarthequus:
DarthEquus Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
Cool. Thanks for the both the Llama and the explanation.
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FangRoseTheHedgehog Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
So...how'd you talk Blaze into doing this after all?
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, after all I *draw* alone so basically I couldn't really be stopped :P Luckily, Midnight--Blaze just went with it and helped me make this script somewhat bearable :) Actually, it was Blaze who had trouble  to talk me into avoiding certain things in this comic but I just went with some of his ideas =P
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:iconautumnvicky:
Autumnvicky Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
Growing the family for more workers on the farm might be a better idea than ruining his life for work with no future.
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, AJ and AB are there for giving birth to more workers. And they don't need Big Mac for that :V
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rautamiekka Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Student Artist
I asked on Quora, inbreeding is equally risky as it's in humans: it becomes highly risky after a few inbreedings from same parent, and is very bad if both parents are related. That's why Big Mac is completely off the list for being a brother.
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:iconautumnvicky:
Autumnvicky Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
Just look at his superior genes though....!
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:icondarthequus:
DarthEquus Featured By Owner Edited May 7, 2016
 As a counterpoint, it would be in the best interest of the Apple family that Big Mac procreated offspring that inherited his size, strength and endurance. There's no guarantee that AJ or AB's offspring would be as physically fit.

I like Braeburn's dialog, though. =p
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Animatorsnake Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
Especially Big Mac, most emotional pony there is
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dragonblue900 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
O my celestia,you really did this:o (Eek) Clap 
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:iconpony-berserker:
Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you ever doubted me? :P
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dragonblue900 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Well,to be honest,I thought you are just kidding when you throw the vote=P (Razz) I am a dummy! 
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