The practice is happy to castrate horses throughout the year. Please contact the surgery to discuss your requirements or complete our on-line request form.
My horse only has one testicle?
We can castrate your colt on your premises. In the case of a retained testicle we will arrange for one of our vets to carry this out at a surgical facility.
The majority of castrations may be performed in the standing horse under heavy sedation. A light stable or barn is appropriate for this method. In some cases, a short general anaesthetic is required and the horse is castrated lying down. In this situation, a flat grass field would be ideal.
We recommend turnout into a small paddock area post castration to allow for some movement to prevent excessive swelling.
Antibiotics and pain relief are administered for a few days post surgery. In addition, it is important that your colt is protected against tetanus. If the primary course of vaccinations is not complete, tetanus antitoxin will be administered at the time of castration for immediate protection against tetanus.
DO NOT TURN YOUR COLT OUT WITH MARES FOR THREE MONTHS FOLLOWING CASTRATION AS THEY WILL POTENTIALLY REMAIN FERTILE FOR THIS PERIOD!
Complications and risks
We see very few complications associated with castration. However, because it is carried out in non-sterile facilities, complications may arise.