Umbilical Hernias? Need the scoop on 'em. - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 05-21-2010, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: In the barn whenever possible.
Posts: 1,910
• Horses: 2
Umbilical Hernias? Need the scoop on 'em.

Found out the other day my yearling filly Lyric has a umbilical hernia. I did some research and these types of hernias are measured by fingers. To me, it felt like 2 fingers, but the vet said only 1. I'm curious as to my options. Is this something that she can outgrow? Or is surgery my only options (as my vet has told me.) She's scheduled for surgery next Wednesday, but if I have another option that doesn't require surgery, I sure would like to try it. I'm also told by her breeder to just leave it alone. That it will go away as she ages. Btw..I couldn't see the hernia. I just happened to feel the "hole" in her abdomen as I was rubbing on her the other day. She will have the surgery if that's what she needs, but I also don't want to be jumping the gun if it's something that could possibly heal on its own.

Any thoughts, opinions, advice?

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Plains Drifter is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 05-22-2010, 01:39 AM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 140
• Horses: 1
How weird that you mention this, I was reading something about it the other day on the fugly blog. There was an arabian filly who didn't get it treated, and it grew to like a 3 or 4 finger one.

I don't really know much, but I think that one finger hernias are actually more dangerous. The intestines or whatever can actually slip into the hole while they are empty and when food passes into it, it can cause blockage. I think I would have a surgery to make sure it didn't get worse.

ACTUALLY, I'm not sure that the filly had an umbilical hernial though....
hillarymorganstovall is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Feed Scoop In Pounds... MIEventer Horse Talk 17 03-11-2010 09:31 PM
Chestnuts: Whats the scoop? twogeldings Horse Health 12 09-01-2008 06:31 PM
New Horse Podcast - Stable Scoop Radio Show glennthegeek Horse Talk 0 08-30-2008 07:39 AM
Foal Hernias JustDressageIt Horse Health 4 10-31-2007 12:42 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome