humans wouldn't hurt him. He hurt too much to get up. No pain management . . .
He was pressured into the squeeze chute, injected with Sucostrin, a fast-acting paralytic drug, then allowed to leave the squeeze chute. Since he's had experience with the squeeze chute before, I think it's fair to say he was thinking he was finished for the moment and probably felt relieved to be escaping the scary confinement of the chute.
There are three drugs BLM is using for castration: Sucostrin, Ketamine, and Rompun.
Within 30 feet, he lost control of his legs and crumpled to the ground. Paralyzed, he could not move his head or tail or anything but his eyes, but he could still feel, see, and hear everything. Humans descended upon him, flipped him over onto his back and tied his paralyzed legs together while he was unable to move or even scream for help or fear. His heart pounded in his chest; he had trouble breathing. Here it is not unreasonable for me to state: he thought he was going to die. Maybe he wishes he had.
Here are a couple of stills of Legacy a week after these videos were taken. My videos are not uploaded yet (I'm having some technological difficulties this week; please bear with me). He was with Mouse. He walked maybe 10 feet when I saw him, and his movement was greatly improved from last week.
He and Mouse and others are still moving gingerly.
I observed the topline and unnaturally square, slightly extended stance these newly castrated horses generally assume, indicating a residual soreness. This is to be expected, of course. He was improved from last week. These boys aren't jumping around and playful, but they are together and moving.
©5/2/10 Photography by Elyse Gardner LEGACY ONE WEEK LATER
BLM representatives have told me that Legacy was merely stiff, merely uncomfortable, that he wasn't in pain. I let the video speak for itself. You decide.
Here is an article by Vivian Grant at International Fund for Horses. She talks about an article from TheHorse.com. Here is link: http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=1570
Complications associated with equine castrations occur commonly and should be indentified and treated properly in the field, relayed Liberty M. Getman, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. She presented "Review of castration complications: Strategies for treatment in the field" at the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Even though castration (removal of the testicles) is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in equine practice, it does not mean it is simple or without risk."Approximately one-third of all castrations develop some form of post-surgical complication, and these complications constitute the number one reason of malpractice claims against North American veterinarians," said Getman.Postoperative castration complications that veterinarians see most often include:
- Eventration (evisceration, protrusion of intestine through the inguinal ring into the scrotum);
- Peritonitis (inflammation of the lining of the abdominal and pelvic cavities);
- Damage to the penis; and
- Hydrocele formation (a collection of fluid in a cavity; in this case fluid within the vaginal cavity, where the testicle resided)."Prompt recognition of post-castration complications and expedited application of appropriate treatment is essential in all cases," concluded Getman. "Most cases can be successfully managed in the field, but some cases will require referral to an equine hospital for advanced treatment."Details regarding field management strategies for the above-described complications were described in Getman's full-length abstract, which is available in the conference proceedings.