THE KINDEST CUT OF ALL!
The decision to castrate (geld) a stallion can be
difficult. While the surgery is “routine”, there is always the
potential for complications during and after the procedure. The most
common complications are scrotal swelling and possible infection,
both of which may be minimized with proper nutrition and
In general, the pros of gelding a horse far outweigh
the cons. Geldings are usually gentler and less dangerous to handle,
work with and ride. Geldings usually are not distracted during rides
or competition by mares in heat. Geldings are less likely to try to
get to and/or mount a mare which decreases their risk of injury.
Geldings are not susceptible to testicular trauma, torsions, or
tumors. Geldings will not have their gait altered by having
testicles interfere with hind limb motion. Geldings can usually be
turned out with other geldings and even some mares which increase
their socialization AND exercise, and fulfills their herd
Being a stallion only offers one benefit, the
ability to provide sperm. Many stallions lead a daily life of
loneliness, frustration, and boredom being stalled too often and too
long since they can’t be turned out with the other horses. If a
stallion is never allowed to breed he will not ‘know what he is
missing’ when gelded. As stallions age, the testosterone causes
increased fat deposits in their necks that can be unattractive and
cause the crest and mane to fall to the side.
There are three basic options to consider when
scheduling a castration.
The procedure can be done at the barn under
standing sedation with a local anesthetic in the scrotum and the
incision is left open to drain and heal.
It can be done at the barn with the horse down
under general anesthesia and the incision is left open to drain
The horse may be castrated at a clinic, under
general anesthesia, with scrotal tissue removed and the incision
closed with sutures.
Either way, castrated males can be happier,
healthier, and safer!
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