Sometimes after lying surgery
To minimize hair loss, skin damage and reduce the chances of erasing the base of the tail, you need to clean your hind legs and the area under the horse’s tail every day. Use warm water for washing, wipe dry with a towel and apply a fresh layer of petroleum jelly. During washing, do not spray water directly onto the wound. Too much wiping can also irritate the skin. A horse accustomed to washing will make it easier for you to care for it. To keep a teenager in place, you need to ask an assistant to hold his front leg, being careful. In addition, the horse must be trained to give legs and hooves in advance.
Due to surgical trauma, the membrane around the gelding wound will swell to a certain extent. Fluid accumulation in the scrotum is normal for 4-5 days. If the tumor becomes extremely large or is accompanied by an increase in temperature, it is best to notify your veterinarian. A swollen membrane can make urination difficult. Watch for normal urination and bowel movements. A horse should always have clean drinking water.
When a new gelding acquires good enough coordination to navigate, it can be released to its pasture mates if they are not too aggressive. The best prevention and treatment of swelling of the membrane around the wound is physical activity. In the pasture, the gelding will be enough for this place, but perhaps he will not use it enough.
Therefore, it is better to schedule exercises for working in the hands. During the first three days, you should walk in your hands three times for 15 minutes. Then two times for 30 minutes during the next week, then once for 60 minutes every day, until complete healing, this is approximately 2-3 weeks after surgery.
You can combine stepping in your hands with working at large with voice commands and body language. But for this, the horse must be accustomed to them before castration. Otherwise, you can cause negative associations when the horse is not careful enough and may not want to move.
Freeing is best done in a round sand barrel. A recently castrated horse often raises its hind legs not high enough and may stumble. Use bandages or leg nails to maintain tendons and protect bones.
A horse may show a stiff refusal to move. But only 5 minutes of walking will alleviate the condition by reducing pressure in a sore spot and resuming drainage. The horse will begin to move more freely and willingly.
In Europe, specially trained ponies are often used to train young horses. Such ponies are accustomed to long work at a trot under the rider. Usually foals willingly follow next to them. Such ponies are trained to walk calmly, not paying attention to provocations from the side of a one-year-old foal. The foal should move at the rider’s right knee and near the pony’s shoulder.
There are some complications that can occur during normal castration. Probably the most common is edema, which spreads down to the hind legs. Although you can provide temporary relief for swollen feet with cold water or massage, you will ultimately need an incision to ensure proper drainage. Swelling of the hind legs is a reaction of the body to the tumor and, most likely, is caused by premature closure of the incisions and the inability to remove pus. Closing the wound should be accompanied by a gradual decrease in the amount of drainage, and not its abrupt cessation. The process lasts two weeks: at first it is abundant discharge and very meager by the 14th day. If the drainage stops abruptly, use a warm compress on the scrotum area to soften the crusts in the incision area, and then immediately walk the young horse. This usually leads to a breakthrough in the section and the release of accumulated pus. If premature closure is repeated, the veterinarian may need to enlarge one or both incisions.
If the spermatic cord is not completely emasculated, it may cause excessive bleeding and may have to be blocked. In other cases, if the spermatic cord was pulled too far from the abdominal cavity during surgery, after castration, the remainder could be drawn into the abdominal cavity. Subsequent bleeding and infection, which are most likely to develop, require major abdominal surgery.
Sometimes after lying surgery, horses will exhibit temporary facial paralysis, but this is rare. This can be caused by pressure of the hardware drive on the facial nerve when the horse’s head is on the ground during castration. That is why it is best to lay the horse’s head on a soft surface, a blanket is better, especially the area of the bow and ganache. Temporary paralysis can manifest as a drooping lip, flaccid nostrils, a bent ear on one side. Sometimes the horse’s eyes will watery. It is possible that the horse will have difficulty chewing food if paralysis affects both sides of the muzzle.