Disbudding of goat kids is best performed in the first two to seven days of life, as the horn buds can grow very quickly. In goats kids this must be performed by a vet and is done under a short general anaesthetic. The horn bud is then removed using a hot iron.
Adult goats can be dehorned if the horns are becoming a problem or are damaged. This is usually performed under sedation and local anaesthesia or a short general anaesthetic.