Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Something else to consider, ya'll. Sometimes the horse that needs gelding (and needs gelding NOW) may not be gentle enough for a vet to administer anesthesia.
Personally, I have no problem at all with folks gelding their own so long as they know what they're doing but since I trust my vets and don't begrudge the bill for the rare occasion I need one gelded (and I have the time to get them trained enough to stand for the shots), I just have them do it.
Some of you may remember the herd of feral horses that we captured last year about this time, the herd where I got my little filly? There were 5 or 6 mature studs in that herd and several weanling/yearling colts. They were going directly to a broker and, likely, to a slaughter house...but the transporters won't transport studs or recently gelded animals. It needed done quickly, no time for training.
The only other option besides using ropes and good stock horses to lay them down was to squeeze them up into a chute and try to give a thrashing horse a shot of anesthetic. If they had tried that, they likely would have had several bleed out from having the vein in their neck shredded by the needle while the vet tried to give the shot.
Cattle are cut without anesthesia all the time, thousands are handled that way every year on ranches all across the country. That's the way it's been for over 200 years. Horses are no different. IMHO, people just get all squirmy because horses are "pets" and cattle aren't *shrugs*.
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