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post #1 of 4 Old 03-20-2010, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question about gelding

I was just curious, can you geld a horse by banding like you would a cow, or do you have to have a surgical procedure done by a vet? If you can't band, why?

I've been trying to find the answer, but Google is no good for this one...


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post #2 of 4 Old 03-21-2010, 02:02 AM
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Anatomy! A cow has different anatomy that a horse. The cord that needs crimped in order to get the job done right is high up inside and can not be crimped with a band over time like a cow or sheep can. Some horses don't drop until they are over a year old and the scrotum is up tight next to the body, unlike a cow who's hang really low in the scrotum, as well as a sheep's. I imagine you need to do the banding when they are quite young, not possible for a horse. Putting that kinds of pressure on the testies would no doubt result in a massive infection instead of just a few dead fallen off nuts. Would be simpler and cheaper though hu.

The spermatic cord should be crushed and crimped, it is quite large and has a ample blood supply, done improperly and the horse could have a significant loose of blood. I have lost a horse to an improper gelding, not a good time, I tell ya.
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Ah, ok... I've never seen an intact horse up close, so I didn't know what the anatomy looked liked, but that makes sense... Thanks...

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the only time i saw a horse gelded he was sedated given anti biotics and an insision in each side of scrotum was made and testes removed then the area cleaned up. hope that helps. you could try ringing a vet and just asking?
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