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Equine Castration

Information about equine castration

Autumn is a good time of year to get your colt castrated as there are less flies around to irritate the surgical site. 

Colts are generally castrated for 2 reasons:

  • To prevent unwanted pregnancy
  • To make them easier to handle and safer to run with other horses

There are a couple of different approaches to castration: standing, or under general anaesthetic either in the field or in hospital. Although castration is a common procedure there can be serious complications and therefore each case is approached in a thorough and individual way. We have wonderful facilities at the clinic and should any complication arise we are in the best place to deal with them.

Advice will be given on a case-by-case basis but in general colts can be turned out into a small paddock the day after surgery. 

Your colt may remain fertile and display stallion like behaviour following castration therefore should be kept separate from mares and other horses for 2 months following surgery. In some older horses, stallion behaviour may not resolve but they will be infertile. 

If you have a colt that needs castrating call the clinic on 01373 836186 to talk to one of our equine veterinary surgeons.

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