Does your horse seem rowdy and uncontrollable? We highly recommend you consider gelding to make it calmer and easier to handle.
At Texas Made Cattle & Horse, we geld horses to produce strong-willed, muscular horses that are precisely what you desire. Our experts will ensure that the process will be seamless and safe for your horse.
A Horse’s Guide to Gelding
On horse farms, castration is the most common equine surgical treatment. Regardless of the methods used by veterinarians, all regular castrations follow the same fundamental process and aftercare procedures. If you own a colt or stallion with this operation, here are some fundamentals to know.
Surgery on Geldings
Castration, commonly known as “gelding,” is the surgical removal of both testicles in horses. This operation, most often performed on young colts, eliminates the animal’s main source of testosterone, removing undesirable stallion-like characteristics like aggressiveness.
For most horse owners, the advantages of owning a gelding versus a stallion are many. Stallions are much more difficult to handle than geldings. They may be put out with horses of any gender, and their disposition is calmer and more predictable.
Sedation is the initial stage in equine castration. His anticipated body weight and temperament determine the quantity of sedation administered to the horse before castration. The sedative is usually given as an intravenous (IV) injection into the jugular vein.
The anesthetic medicines used to render the horse asleep will be given next if the horse is castrated lying down. These medicines will not be administered if a standing operation is done; instead, the testicles and scrotum will be blocked with a local anesthetic.
The surgical procedure for castration is the same for both standing and reclining castration. After cleaning the surgery site, the vet will make two incisions into the scrotum, one over each testicle.
When it comes to removing the testicles, most vets utilize an emasculator. The spermatic cord is both crushed and severed. Sometimes, crushing is done to avoid bleeding. If the horse is a big colt or an adult, the vet would most likely suture the cord using ligatures to prevent additional bleeding. These ligatures will not need to be removed since they are composed of absorbable suture material.
Care Following Surgery
For the first several weeks after castration, it’s critical to keep a careful eye on the horse’s general attitude as well as the surgical site. For up to two weeks, some drainage may flow from the open incision.
This discharge will look crimson at first, then take on a more serum-like appearance with time. Even with the open drainage, mild to severe scrotum edema is likely to develop. Swelling often travels down the sheath. This is quite natural and will not prevent you from urinating.
Debris may accumulate along and between the horse’s hind legs as the region drains. This may attract flies throughout the warmer months. Therefore fly control is important to help avoid infection at the incision site.
We Ensure Quality Gelding in Granbury, TX
You don’t have to look any further than Texas Made Cattle & Horse Company to conduct gelding operations without putting your horse in danger. Our services, as well as our specialists’ state-of-the-art equipment, knowledge, training, and experience, will provide you peace of mind when it comes to entrusting your horse’s care to us.