In general, colts are castrated from the age of six months to two years. We castrate colts ‘in the field’ i.e. at your yard, in a large, flat, clean field or suitable stable. The colts are either sedated, so that they remain standing for the procedure or given a general anaesthetic, so they lie down on the ground. We then wait with them whilst they recover. We will only castrate colts in this way that have two descended testicles. Colts with one or two retained testicles, or very mature stallions will require referral for surgery in theatre conditions.
Please seek advice from the surgery with any queries (01628 622086).
Post Castration Advice
After castration keep your horse in a small quiet area for 12 hours. A small dry paddock, clean stable or yard is ideal. After this time your horse should be turned into a dry paddock or walked in hand to encourage fluid drainage and decrease swelling.
Fly repellent should be used on the horse at appropriate times of the year, but should NOT be applied directly to the castration wounds.
Dripping of blood from the castration site is common for several hours after the procedure. It should be no faster than a dripping tap and usually will stop once sufficient clots have formed within an hour or so.
It is also normal to see up to 2cms of pink/red tissue protruding from the wound up to 24-48 hours post castration, this will usually shrink back into the wound once the swelling starts to decrease.