For all but the shortest procedures the horse is hoisted by a winch onto a padded bed in the separate theatre that helps to protect the horses muscles. They are put onto fluids and monitored throughout the procedure by the anaesthetic team.
After surgery the anaesthetic drugs are discontinued and the horse returned to the induction box. Sedatives are usually given to make the transition from anaesthesia easier for the horse.
Once recovered from the anaesthetic and the horse is able to walk they are returned to their box and provided with much needed TLC from the nursing team.
If necessary intensive care boxes with heaters and fluid delivery devices are available in the stables.