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This is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in equine practice.
It is used to control breeding behaviour,to control temperament and sometimes to deal with abnormalities of the testicles.
In colts of suitable size of three years of age or younger this can often be done at your premises with the animal standing and sedated using local anaesthetics.
If the colt is too small for this it may be necessary to administer a short general anaesthetic.This can be done at your premises also,often in the field.
These castrations at your premises are done with a clean technique but it is not strictly aseptic as would be achieved in an operating theatre.For this reason no ligatures or sutures are used as these could act as a focus for infection.The wounds are left open to drain.
Whilst there is usually some post operative swelling this should not be gross.In addition tissue should not hang out of the open incisions.
After castration colts should remain bright and have an appetite.If any of these do not seem right contact us and we will respond accordingly.
We usually try to avoid performing this procedure in the heat of the summer fly season as the presence of flies at the incision site increases the risk of infection,this is due to their feeding on fluids and the horse flicking its tail into the incision to rid itself of flies.
Worst case scenario would be maggots in the incisions.
HORSES UNDERGOING THE SURGERY RECEIVE ANTIBIOTICS,PAIN RELIEF AND TETANUS ANTITOXIN,EVEN IF THEY ARE VACCINATED.
INEVITABLY THERE IS A LITTLE BLEEDING BUT THIS SHOULD STOP QUITE QUICKLY
Older stallions,exceptionally well developed colts or colts which the anatomy of the testicles does not present normally are often more safely referred for castration under general anaesthesia in an operating theatre.This may be true of rigs also though some can be done in the field.