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    06-22-2011, 09:43 PM
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Question caslick, wind sucking questions.

This thread is related to my other thread "clicking" at the canter? but I feel that now that the main issue is drastically different then I thought it was it would be better to start a new thread.
The vet was out today for shots and I asked her to check Bella's recent clicking at the canter. I couldn't be there but Val(the barn owner) said she did an extensive lameness exam and watched her being ridden for a good while, she(being the vet) was somewhat baffled. One of the 2 things that she said it might be was that she was "wind sucking" Apparently Bella had been caslicked in the past(she was a race horse and a brood mare in the past and apparently that is common practice with both) but was not any longer. I was just sitting her thinking about it and I realized that one of the geldings, Manny, mounted and penetrated her right around the time this clicking started. Is it at all possible that he undid the caslick?
So if the "clicking" that we hear is her actually wind sucking, is that something I should worry about? If I need to have her caslicked again does anyone know the average cost of something like that? Also what is the recovery time? Our training is going so good right now I'd hate to have to put it on hold for an extended period of time.
     
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    06-22-2011, 10:40 PM
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Yes! Mares will oftentimes make a noise as they 'suck wind'. She should be re-sutured as sucking wind can lead to chronic uterine infections, irregular heat cycles, persistent heat, weight loss and other problems that can be difficult to deal with later on.

I suture my own mares, so I do not know what they now charge to do one. I usually infuse a mare with an antibiotic solution when I suture her so I know there is no infection in there when I close her up.

Large equine centers and specialists will charge a lot more than a country Vet that has a mixed practice. A mare is sometimes sedated but usually they are just twitched while the deadener (I usually use Xylocaine) is injected in the area to be sutured. This is usually the upper 1/2 of the mare's vulva. A thin strip of skin / membrane on the edge of the vulva is cut off both sides of it and the two raw, bleeding edges are sewn together. They then grow together and close up the upper 1/2 of the vulva.

If you have her sutured, you should not keep her with geldings that could tear her open again. It sure can happen.

Sucking wind is very common in barrel racing mares, cutting horses, jumpers and Cross country horses, roping horses and other horses that engage in a high action, streneous sport. When I was training a lot of performance horses, I just routinely sutured all mares that were in training.
     
    06-23-2011, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
Yes! Mares will oftentimes make a noise as they 'suck wind'. She should be re-sutured as sucking wind can lead to chronic uterine infections, irregular heat cycles, persistent heat, weight loss and other problems that can be difficult to deal with later on.

I suture my own mares, so I do not know what they now charge to do one. I usually infuse a mare with an antibiotic solution when I suture her so I know there is no infection in there when I close her up.

Large equine centers and specialists will charge a lot more than a country Vet that has a mixed practice. A mare is sometimes sedated but usually they are just twitched while the deadener (I usually use Xylocaine) is injected in the area to be sutured. This is usually the upper 1/2 of the mare's vulva. A thin strip of skin / membrane on the edge of the vulva is cut off both sides of it and the two raw, bleeding edges are sewn together. They then grow together and close up the upper 1/2 of the vulva.

If you have her sutured, you should not keep her with geldings that could tear her open again. It sure can happen.

Sucking wind is very common in barrel racing mares, cutting horses, jumpers and Cross country horses, roping horses and other horses that engage in a high action, streneous sport. When I was training a lot of performance horses, I just routinely sutured all mares that were in training.
Thanks, the vets other guess was that it's her thighs slapping off each other as she runs, although that seems unlikely to me, the vet wants up to lube her thighs with vaseline and see if that stops the noise and give her a call either way. The gelding only mounted her on the first day we turned them out together. She's kinda mean to other horses, so we put her out there when she was in heat, since that is the only time she is nice to the others. It worked in that she became friends with all the other horses in that field, but her and Manny really hit it off lol.

I'm really really hoping I can get out there tomorrow and If I do I will take a video of her cantering so hopefully I can get the noise on video too.
     

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