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  • Horses health hernia
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    10-11-2011, 10:21 AM
Green Broke

My little colt has a hernia from his umbilical cord. He is two now, and it's never caused an issue. It sticks out about 1 inch.
Do I really need to worry about it since it's so small?
Could this bring issues down the road? (He is 2)
How much is the corrective surgery?
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    10-11-2011, 10:26 AM
Yes you need to have it fixed. It's usually done when the horse is gelded. If it's done then it generally cost less because the horse is already sedated.
    10-11-2011, 10:38 AM
Green Broke
The vet didn't say anything about it when he was gelded last year.
It's not squishy or causes him pain.
    10-11-2011, 10:43 AM
Did the vet say it was a hernia? If he knew it was a hernia and didn't say it needed to be fixed then I would get a different vet.
    10-11-2011, 10:43 AM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Yes you need to have it fixed. It's usually done when the horse is gelded. If it's done then it generally cost less because the horse is already sedated.
Completely depends on how large it is and what type of castration process. A normal standing castration requires the horse to be exercised to prevent too much edema to allow proper drainage at the incision site.

If the hernia is large enough - it's considered abdominal surgery which means the horse needs to have movement restricted for several days.

A normal time frame is to have the hernia repaired prior to their first birthday. As the hrose grows, it puts more weight and thus more strain on the weakness in the abdominal wall.

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