When should I castrate my colt?

When should I castrate my colt?

Traditionally this takes place in the spring of their yearling year, but they can be castrated either earlier, as a foal, or later.

Traditionally this takes place in the spring of their yearling year, but they can be castrated either earlier, as a foal, or later.

Castrations are ideally carried out in Spring and Autumn. This is to avoid the flies of summer and the mud of winter.

Both testicles must have descended into the scrotum and there should be no other material (e.g. herniated intestine) in the scrotum before castration is carried out.

Prior to castration the horse should be in good condition, have been wormed regularly and without any recent respiratory infection. He should have been previously vaccinated fully against tetanus but if not, he can receive antiserum at the time of surgery.

There are two castration methods. The "open" technique incises open the scrotum and, having removed the testicles, the wound is left open for postoperative drainage. The “closed” technique involves stitching the various layers, once the testicles are removed, to prevent herniation of intestines through the castration site. Which castration they undergo, depends on the age of the horse as well as their type.

Please call the clinic on 01451 820 137 for advice with regards to the appropriate method for your horse, or to book a castrate.

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