Prior To Arranging
- Spring (March-May) or Autumn (Sept-Nov) is the ideal time (to avoid muddy conditions & flies)
- Optimum age 6-18 months old
Discussion with your veterinary surgeon may influence your decision regarding the age for castration
- be examined by a vet prior to a castration visit
- have two descended testicles
- be in good health
- ideally be well handled
- preferably be vaccinated against tetanus (alternatively, horses will be given an injection of tetanus antitoxin on the day of their castration)
There are two methods possible for castrating a horse. Your vet will choose the technique which enables the operation to be carried out in the safest and most efficient way, taking into consideration the size, nature and age of your horse and the facilities available.
Method 1: Sedation plus local anaesthetic
Once sedated, your horse will have an injection of a local anaesthetic injected into their testicles. The testicles are removed whilst the horse is standing up.
This procedure is usually performed indoors and may require a power source for additional lighting.
Method 2: Full general anaesthetic
The horse is given an injection of general anaesthetic which will make them lay down for the procedure.