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I am just wondering because someone I know got their horse castrated today, and brought ...
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    How much blood is normal after castration?

    I am just wondering because someone I know got their horse castrated today, and brought the horse home the same day (which I am pretty sure is normal)

    I think she took it to an Amishman if I had to guess but I was there when she unloaded it from the trailer, it was a big draft (I think a Belgian) and it seemed to be a lot of blood. This horse had blood all over it's penis (which it kept out) all over it's back legs, and was dripping blood when she had it tied to the trailer.

    It just seemed like a lot of blood, but I have never seen a recently castrated horse before so I don't know.

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    After an appropriately performed castration, there will be some blood on the hind legs and there may be some dripping but more than a drop a second would be cause for a re-examination.

    I can't say much about what might occur after some "Amishman" castrates a horse---likely without anesthesia, limited sterility, unknown type of castration technique.
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    I've never had an Amish person casterate for me but I do have a Lutheran man help do mine. On young colts theres not much bleeding at all but if its an adult horse I've seen some bleed a great deal more for a short time. And if the horse was in a trailer I'd imagine it can look like a huge amount of blood if he can't move around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by County View Post
    I've never had an Amish person casterate for me but I do have a Lutheran man help do mine. On young colts theres not much bleeding at all but if its an adult horse I've seen some bleed a great deal more for a short time. And if the horse was in a trailer I'd imagine it can look like a huge amount of blood if he can't move around.
    Someone other than a vet castrates? Do they use anesthesia? If not, how in the world can you do it? how young can you do it?
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    In the US (at least all the states that I've looked at the veterinary practice act from) anyone other than a vet or the animal's owner who is performing a surgery on an animal other than livestock (generally cattle, goats, sheep, pigs--though there may be one or two states where horses fall into the is category) can be charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
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    They can be but I've never heard of anyone in this state being charged. I've never used a vet to casteraste any of my livestock I do them myself and or have freinds that help saves a great deal of money and is just as good. With horses we cast them with ropes, pigs we do holding them up by a hind leg, cattle we do standing.

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    People do get charged and fined for it...it's just not generally publicized. You have to go looking for record of it.

    And there is a legal difference between an owner doing it and an owner having someone else do it.
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    Either way I'm not concerned about it.

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    When the sign is right we have long time friends that casterate there herd and I watch and sort of help There all wild running on a range we heard em up the day before into a huge round pen and they only get tetnus no other drugs when there cut. If one is not right as in one nutted, ect. he gets left for the vet. Anyway they have done this for many years with no issues so I see no big deal in it if they know what there doing BUT saying that mine goes to the vet. Different strokes for different folks and they have a big ole nut fry party afterwards. Too the OP Your talking a bigger then average horse and how old is he? The older the harder it is and I would sure check with a vet to make sure hes okay. He needs not to be tied to a trailer either. He needs to be able to move around and cold hose but not on the cuts but all around it. Exercise and hose plays a big roll and fly control. Hope all is well!

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    Casterating livestock has been going on since man started raising livestock. 80% of the people in this county make their living in the ag industry in one form or another I've got a better chance of winning the lottery then being charged and fined for helping a neighbor casterate his livestock.

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