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- No: 49.59% (538)
- Yes: 43.69% (474))
- What's that?: 6.73% (73)
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- As an equine practioner I have performed this procedure many time. However in my opinion it's over
- Many years ago - mare's long gone, but not because of the 'Caslick'
- We've been breeding Quarter Horses for years and have NEVER needed to have a Caslicks on a mare.
- I have only had one mare bred & she did not need it
- My mare that had it done with her 1st pregnancy before I owned her. Her 2nd pregnancy was fine.
- Each time I breed from her, due to the shape of her cervix. Removed approx. 4 weeks prior to birth
- To prevent infection/tipped vulva/removed 30 days before foaling
- She was prone to infections
- Barbaric procedure outdated
- I am not a breeder
- No mares, only geldings.
- I have held many mares for the procedure
- I had it done on my show mares.
- Always -
- I had one "undone" on a mare that was being bred.
- We talked about it but decided she didn't real need it
- Thoroughbred with tipped vulva
- The mare actually had them when I got her, but I would do it again in a second. It is a lifesaver!
- One-my 16-year-old broodmare
- Not that great of an procedure in my opinion
- Never bred my mare
- Use caslick's on tipped broodmares
- Mares that need Caslick are not breeding sound and should not be bred to make more unsound breeding
- Had a mare with one in place when she came to us. May have to do it on a lordosis mare when bred.
- The mare we bought had a caslick when we bought her
- I have seen it done on a mare with a tipped vulva to help keep manure out
- Very interesting! Yesterday my vet told me about opening a Caslick. It makes sense!
- ...And I was a licensed trainer on the track. I totally disapprove of the procedure.
- It's common for racehorses
- I haven't but my mare's previous owner did
- No, none of my mares had a problem
- One of my mares needs one every time she is bred.
- I have actually had to cut caslicks open with scissors on mares that have decided to foal early!
- Yes once, but after that we just put in 4 stitches and took them out when she was ready to foal
- Raised 2 babies, without needing the Caslick's. Would do so, if a mare needed one.
- I think Caslicks is an inhumane practice. Mares shouldn't be bred to help improve breeding health.
- All the mares in my barn get it. Keeps them clean.
- My mare has not been bred
- I used to have a mare whose rectum was recessed and needed Caslicks to stop vaginal contamination.
- This is common practice in thoroughbred mares, regardless of their conformation, when they are on
- It helps to keep any mare, but I usually use it on my older mares as they start to tip.
- Many times! Works very well
- I have a mare with a tilted uterus. The last time she was in foal my vet recommended a Caslick's.
- I actually had my grandfather do it.
- Really shouldn't be necessary in most cases; extra money for the vets!
- Almost every one of our thoroughbred mares is "Caslicked"
- older brood mare after her third or fourth foal
- on an old mare to prevent infection
- then she settled the following season
- Older mare had torn. Procedure was helpful.
- Have TB mares and this is a common .
- It's never been necessary for my Clydesdale mares.
- Always for racing, not breeding.
- I've never had it done but have seen it before.
- Yes, if your mare has a vulva that sits like a shelf, this is a wise procedure, prevents infections.
- I don't breed horses
- due to an old laceration in the vulvar area - caslick done to prevent possible influx of bacteria
- An iffy answer. I have purchased several mares that had already had the procedure post-breeding.
- It is common in Standardbred race mares
- Vet did a beautiful job, but still no baby :-(
- This was needed on many of my mares and was a good thing.
- But have seen it done on broodmares- none of mine
- Procedure done to only my race mares
- my mare is tipped but has not needed it
- Bought mares with it done, though
- ON OLD MARES
- Only once on an older mare and I still didn't get a foal anyway.
- Yes, several of my older mares require a Caslick's.
- I think it's a "stitch in time" for performance mares.
- My mare wasn't getting pregnant due to re-infection. It worked
- To prevent her from "wind sucking" due to her conformation. On another, to safeguard a pregnancy.
- It's a routine thing with my TB broodmares!
- My mare has foaled twice and never needed a Caslick's procedure.
- No, but I intend to have two done this spring
- only when need be
- typical in racing stock
- as a mater of fact, I have to take my TB mare in to have it removed Apr 1!!
- As we breed many older tb/oter bred mares, I learned the wisdom of using caslicks on our mares
- I bought an older mare that had it done. Did not like it at all.
- On the first foal, but not the second. Would not consider again with this mare
- It was done on a racing mare.
- In racing this is performed on fillies to prevent wind sucking
- Especially important in old mares giving birth to live foals without anomalies
- I had an older mare, and stool wasn't going over her vagainal area.
- Caslick's are about MONEY, very few mares need it.
- Our Arabian mares have never needed this procedure.
- One mare always, another mare never
- For a harness racing mare so she wouldn't "suck air"
- But one TB mare came with it already done
- being stitched up straight after service facilitated conception in my mare.
- every time I breed my mare and she foals.
- I was amazed at how good she was! I certainly wouldn't be!
- A little too risky for my taste.
- Worked very well in keeping viable pregnancy in our older mares
- Caslick performed on Arabian mares that race.
- a racing filly
- It is common in TBs. Caslicks help TB mares to get in foal
- As much as I love my mare, she will NOT have any foals ever. So no Caslick's for her. Why bother?
- Really great in assisting an older mare to retain her pregnancy
- But have had only one foal here.
- I doubt my gelding would like it--at all!
- all mares
- Came already done, had opened to breed, then closed after birth
- I've seen one done, but my mare didn't need one.
- I would if I had a mare that required it.
- I have not but my mare, Folly had the suture scars where she had had one during her racing career.
- after years of breeding experience think that 95% of the time it is not necessary
- in a 21 year old mare and I have a wonderful filly now
- If your mare requires a caslick's to sustain a pregnancy, maybe she shouldn't be bred--and passed on
- So... where to find info on REMOVING Caslick's when mare is ready to foal???
About the Author
Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.
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