Castration is the most common surgical procedure, the majority being performed in the field under standing sedation using the ‘open’ technique.

“Closed” castrations are carried out on some horses under general anaesthetic at the clinic. This technique is usually done on more valuable colts / stallions, older animals or those which have covered mares. There are advantages and disadvantages to both techniques (standing / open versus general anaesthetic / closed) which the owner needs to appreciate in order to make an informed choice.

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