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    04-23-2011, 09:48 AM
I wonder if some of the mares got one or two breeding stitches in and not a full blown caslicks? Or - you got lucky and got mares that didnt have it done

I think its barbaric to be very honest. Fine and dandy if they need it, or you are breeding them and they are tipped and in order to ensure the foal "sticks" it has to be done, but to wholesale do it to every mare whether they need it or not - insane in my eyes.

Perhaps we need to approach the (predominantly male) vets with gut and needle in hand and say "this wont hurt a bit. We are going to do this stitching up procedure on you "just because" and "just in case your anatomy changes in the next 5-10 years or so and you need it"

Uh uh ... just doesnt happen around here unless they DO need it ...
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    04-23-2011, 04:33 PM
I didn't know racers in america were generally caslicked. My mare is caslicked as she is very prone to infections there (that's what I've been told by the person who's had it done).
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    04-24-2011, 04:02 AM
Checked Kita out, and she for sure does have a caslick. Havent had Queen checked out yet, but I know Queen has only been off the track for a year. So, Im goin to guess she has had one done too.

I don't know if either one have a tilted uterus. So now I am extremely curious. If they have one, why would they need it to be redone after they have been bred. I understand it helps keep infection out and might help keep the mare in foal. Is there any other reason to do it after the mare has been bred?
    04-24-2011, 07:09 AM
Theer are some people (vets and/or mare owners) that believe every mare should go on Regumate to maintain a pregnancy. Some also believe that every mare should be caslicked to maintain her pregnancy - just "because"

A lot of times a young mare that is thin and fit will appear to be tilted through her pelvis. As she fills out and matures, her pelvic conformation may change and become normal. We've live covered many 3-4 years olds off the track for clients that are definitely tipped. When they come back as 4 and 5 year olds, they no longer are

Some are REALLY bad, in that a stallion has a lot of difficulty breeding them and you have to assist every step of the way in making the angles match and if those mares don't "grow out of" the degree they are tipped, you really wonder if they should be bred at all as they are simply perpetuating future lines of tipped mares genetically that will have possible problems maintaining their pregnancies
    04-24-2011, 12:05 PM
I'm curious if the same occurs here in South Africa (I don't have a lot of experience in the racing industry here). As far as I understand it, only a registered veterinarian is allowed to perform it as it would be considered a veterinary procedure (though the same can be said about tail docking and breeders still 'illegally' do it here) and I can't see vets just performing it 'because' as procedures are meant to be justified.

Each mare has her Caslick's index done, and using that as a guideline and depending on the conditions and the requirements of the mare, the operation can be done but I can't imagine it just being routinely done on all horses on the track in case a rogue colt gets out or to prevent them sucking air as usually the ones that suck air are the ones who actually require a Caslicks operation.
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