An interesting case was presented to the Camden Equine Centre recently. A previously perfectly healthy yearling, was found in the field recumbent (lying down) and unable to stand.
Sarcoids are best regarded as a form of skin cancer that can occur in all horses. Although they won’t metastasise to other organs then can still be quite problematic. As their type and appearance may vary the equine sarcoid is easily mistaken for other skin conditions.
Castrations in the field are performed regularly, it is a very fast procedure and skin incisions are left open to drain. Closed castrations with primary skin closure have to be performed in a surgery theatre with optimal aseptic circumstances.
After five years working with the Sydney Polo Club, the University of Sydney’s Camden Equine Centre was the obvious choice to become the Official Veterinarians for the World Polo Championship being held this year from 21-29 October in Sydney.