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CASTRATION. The best time to castrate is when the animal is about one year old. The horse is to be thrown down upon the left side, and the right hind leg drawn to the shoulder by means of a strong piece of web passed round it in a noose. The testicle is then to be grasped by the operator in his left hand, and pressed gently, so as to render the skin upon it tense. An incision should then be made through the outer skin, and about three inches in length. Having done this, the knife is to be gently used till the vaginal sac is cut through, which will be known by the issuing of water from it. One of the blades of a pair of scissors is then to be introduced, and the vaginal sac cut up as far as the external incision. The testicle will now protrude and contract, but in a little time the cord will relax, when it is to be placed in the clams, leaving the testicles and upper portion, called the epididymis, outside them. The clams are to be made tight, so as to prevent the possibility of the slipping up of the cord after it is cut. 'This being done, the cord is to he cut with a nearly red-hot firing iron. This is all the searing that will be necessary, and the clams are then to be taken, when the other testiile is to be operated upon in the same manner. No dressing is necessary, and but little if any bleeding will follow. Too much searing often causes bleeding; the very thing it is meant to prevent. It is quite enough to cut off the testicles with a hot iron, without further searing. When the operation is finished, the horse should be turned into a box, and in about ten days he will be well, and may be worked without danger. The swelling which occurs after is of no consequence, it will go away; however, if it be considerable, physic should be given.

Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.

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