Background: The behaviour of the adult entire male horse is often undesirable and the vastly eased management of the more biddable gelding means that clients often request castration of their horses. It can be an intimidating procedure due to the potential serious complications and the associated health and safety considerations. A good solid approach to the clinical aspects of castration and its complications helps provide the practitioner with confidence to undertake this surgery. Owners perceive this as a routine procedure, but their frequent requirement for the surgery to be conducted at their premises with only their assistance renders this an operation that demands careful discussion and thereby informed consent.
Aim of the article: This article provides a guide to performing castrations in horses and discusses the common complications and their management.