Castrating your horse can happen as early as weaning time. Most often, early castrations are less traumatic for the horse, easier on the vets and technicians and result in less bleeding and swelling. Even if you haven’t seen your horse’s testicles “drop” they are often easily palpated by your vet. And if you acquire an older stud – no worries! We’ve castrated horses well into their teens.
Split Bone Removal
Non-healing fractures of the splint bone may necessitate surgical removal. This is a surgery that can be done in the field or at our office. Leaving a splint fragment in the horse can result in severe damage to the suspensory ligament and chronic lameness. Early intervention and monitoring will help us decide when to proceed with a surgical option.
Medial Patellar Ligament Splitting
Upward fixation of the patella is a disorder that results from the horse’s natural sleep-while-standing ability. Horses use the reciprocal apparatus, and when that goes wrong, they may “pop” at the stifle while moving, or in more severe cases, be unable to bend a hind leg at all. We perform a procedure called a medial patellar ligament splitting, which requires no incision, and is usually completely curative with only a few days of recovery and rehabilitation. Horses are back at work within a week.