Castration - Aftercare

Your horse may be given some antibiotics or pain relief - you will have to administer these yourself.

Your horse should be stabled for 12-24 hours so that the wound is kept clean and you can monitor for any bleeding, swelling or signs of infection.

Your horse may then go on the horse walker or in the field. This allows movement and should reduce any swelling. Once the wound is fully healed the horse may return to normal work.

It is possible the horse will continue to show some colt-like behaviour for the first week or so as it may take a little while for his hormones to settle and return to normal.


What to look out for?

Bleeding - There will be some blood spotting due to the wound being left to drain - this should be no more than a large drip a second.

Swelling - The scrotal area will be slightly swollen, if it continues to swell there may be a risk of infection.

Discharge - Any thick or discoloured liquid coming from the wound.

Fatty tissue/blood clots - A small amount may protrude from the wound in the days following castration. If the tissue hanging from the wound is a tubular structure it may require more urgent attention.

Behaviour - If your horse is not himself e.g. quiet, not eating or drinking.


If you are concerned about any of the above signs, please contact the practice for advice from our vets.