Originally Posted by Hang on Fi
That makes me squirm and I don't even have that equipment.
I "have" heard people castrating bulls by tying a string around their "boys" until they essentially "fall off."
I guess some people want to save a buck. I wouldn't even have the personal confidence to take it upon myself to geld a horse.
If your talking about banding, it is actually one of two vet-approved castration methods. Banding, a super strong band is put around the balls, and they wither and fall off; a tourniquet. Using a Burdizzo, they have to pin the animal, pry it's legs apart, and crush each cord. Its not just a matter of saving a buck- no incision, less chance for infection. If it wasn't for how tight to the body they're held, horses would be treated this way too.
Other little 'fun fact'- in the sheep world, cryptos are intentionally made by pushing the balls up and banding below it. They're used as teasers.
(I know way too much about animal balls...