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Have you ever had a veterinarian perform a Caslick's procedure on a mare?

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As an equine practioner I have performed this proceedure many time. However in my opinion its over

3/24/2008 11:04:47 PM

Many years ago - mare's long gone, but not because of the 'Caslick'

3/24/2008 4:03:23 PM

We've been breeding Quarter Horses for years and have NEVER needed to have a Caslicks on a mare.

3/24/2008 1:43:42 PM

I have only had one mare bred & she did not need it

3/24/2008 8:32:40 AM

My mare that had it done with her 1st pregnancy before I owned her. Her 2nd pregnancy was fine.

3/23/2008 7:46:29 PM

Each time I breed from her, due to the shape of her cervix. Removed approx. 4 weeks prior to birth

3/23/2008 3:33:36 AM

to prevent infection/tipped vulva/removed 30 days before foaling

3/22/2008 10:34:02 PM

she was prone to infections

3/22/2008 7:14:16 PM

barbaric procedure outdated

3/22/2008 6:47:17 PM

I am not a breeder

3/22/2008 3:46:31 PM

No mares, only geldings.

3/21/2008 5:14:03 PM

I have held many mares for the procedure

3/21/2008 1:40:11 PM

I had it done on my show mares.

3/21/2008 12:46:29 PM

Always -

3/21/2008 12:35:14 PM

I had one "undone" on a mare who was being bred.

3/21/2008 9:26:41 AM

we talked about it but decided she didnt real need it

3/20/2008 10:15:47 PM

Thoroughbred with tipped vulva

3/20/2008 9:58:17 PM

the mare actually had them when i got her, but i would do it again in a second. it is a life saver!

3/20/2008 9:38:26 PM

one-my 16 year old broodmare

3/20/2008 9:05:48 PM

not that great of an procedure in my opinion

3/20/2008 7:40:37 PM

Never bred my mare

3/20/2008 7:36:27 PM

Use caslick's on tipped broodmares

3/20/2008 5:54:50 PM

mares that need Caslick are not breeding sound and should not be bred to make more unsound breeding

3/20/2008 5:40:53 PM

Had a mare with one in place when she came to us. May have to do it on a lordosis mare when bred .

3/20/2008 5:24:25 PM

the mare we bought had a caslick when we bougth her

3/20/2008 4:57:53 PM

I have seen it done on a mare with a tipped vulva to help keep manure out

3/20/2008 2:38:24 PM

Very interesting! Yesterday my vet told me about opening a Caslick. It makes sense!

3/20/2008 12:01:32 PM

...and I was a licensed trainer on the track. I totally disaprove of the procedure.

3/20/2008 10:50:16 AM

it's common for race horses

3/20/2008 9:43:51 AM

I haven't but my mare's previous owner did

3/20/2008 9:21:39 AM

no, none of my mares had a problem

3/20/2008 9:17:17 AM

One of my mares needs one every time she is bred.

3/20/2008 4:06:42 AM

I have actually had to cut caslicks open with scissors on mares who have decided to foal early!

3/19/2008 10:28:59 PM

yes once, but after that we just put in 4 stitches and took them out when she was ready to foal

3/19/2008 10:02:39 PM

Raised 2 babies, without needing the Caslick's. Would do so, if a mare needed one.

3/19/2008 7:24:30 PM

I think Caslicks is an inhumane practice. Mares shouldnt be bred to help improve breeding health.

3/19/2008 7:15:01 PM

All the maresinmybarngetit.Keepsthemclean.

3/19/2008 6:33:49 PM

My mare has not been bred

3/19/2008 6:15:56 PM

I used to have a mare who's rectum was recessed and needed Caslicks to stop vaginal contamination.

3/19/2008 4:48:46 PM

This is common practice in thoroughbred mares, regardless of their conformation, when they are on th

3/19/2008 4:20:21 PM

It helps to keep any mare, but I usually use it on my older mares as they start to tip.

3/19/2008 4:12:17 PM

many times! works very well

3/19/2008 3:23:37 PM

I have a mare with a tilted uterus. The last time she was in foal my vet reccommended a Caslick's.

3/19/2008 3:23:21 PM

I actually had my grandfather do it.

3/19/2008 3:16:59 PM

really shouldn't be necessary in most cases; extra money for the vets!

3/19/2008 2:52:08 PM

Almost everyone of our thoroughbred mares is "Caslicked"

3/19/2008 2:37:41 PM

older brood mare after her third or fourth foal

3/19/2008 1:06:27 PM

on an old mare to prevent infection

3/19/2008 12:37:22 PM

then she settled the following season

3/19/2008 12:17:41 PM

Older mare had torn. Procedure was helpful.

3/19/2008 11:12:38 AM

Have TB mares and this is a common .

3/19/2008 11:01:59 AM

It's never been necessary for my Clydesdale mares.

3/19/2008 10:51:59 AM

Always for racing, not breeding.

3/19/2008 10:49:55 AM

I've never had it done but have seen it before.

3/19/2008 10:48:04 AM

Yes, If your mare has a vulva that sits like a shelf, this is a wise procedure, prevents infections.

3/19/2008 10:46:02 AM

I don't breed horses

3/19/2008 10:16:01 AM

due to an old laceration in the vulvar area - castlick done to prevent possible influx of bacteria

3/19/2008 9:51:14 AM

An iffy answer. I have purchased several mares whom had already had the proceedure post-breeding.

3/19/2008 9:33:20 AM

It is common in Standarbred race mares

3/19/2008 9:32:28 AM

Vet did a beautiful job, but still no baby :-(

3/19/2008 9:25:23 AM

This was needed on many of my mares and was a good thing.

3/19/2008 9:22:11 AM

But have seen it done on broodmares- none of mine

3/19/2008 9:21:10 AM

Procedure done to only my race mares

3/19/2008 9:08:55 AM

my mare is tipped but has not needed it

3/19/2008 9:02:20 AM

Bought mares with it done, though

3/19/2008 8:07:02 AM


3/19/2008 7:28:06 AM

Only once on an older mare and I still didn't get a foal anyway.

3/19/2008 12:42:32 AM

Yes, several of my older mares require a Caslick's.

3/19/2008 12:04:16 AM

I think it's a "stitch in time" for performance mares.

3/18/2008 11:50:06 PM

My mare wasn't getting pregnant due to re-infection. It worked.

3/18/2008 10:57:42 PM

To prevent her from "windsucking" due to her conformation. On another, to safeguard a pregnancy.

3/18/2008 10:46:32 PM

It's a routine thing with my TB broodmares!

3/18/2008 10:41:16 PM

My mare has foaled twice and never needed a Caslick's procedure.

3/18/2008 10:39:02 PM

No, but I intend to have two done this Spring

3/18/2008 10:35:47 PM

only when need be

3/18/2008 10:30:14 PM

typical in racing stock

3/18/2008 10:12:27 PM

as a mater of fact, I have to take my TB mare in to have it removed Apr 1!!

3/18/2008 10:06:11 PM

As we breed many older tb/oter bred mares,i learned the wisdom of using caslicks on our mares

3/18/2008 10:05:46 PM

I bought an older mare that had it done. Did not like it at all.

3/18/2008 9:51:22 PM

On the first foal,but not the second. Would not consider again with this mare

3/18/2008 9:07:45 PM

It was done on a racing mare.

3/18/2008 8:17:08 PM

In racing this is performed on fillies to prevent windsucking

3/18/2008 8:00:23 PM


3/18/2008 7:43:10 PM

Especially important in olde mares giving birth to live foals without anomalies

3/18/2008 7:42:22 PM

I had an older mare, and stool wasn going over her vagainal area.

3/18/2008 7:35:28 PM

Caslick's areabout MONEY, very few mares need it.

3/18/2008 6:36:58 PM

Our Arabian mares have never needed this procedure.

3/18/2008 6:22:16 PM

One mare always, another mare never

3/18/2008 6:06:44 PM

For a harness racing mare so she wouldn't "suck air"

3/18/2008 5:52:34 PM

But one TB mare came with it already done

3/18/2008 5:49:13 PM

being stitched up straight after service facilitated conception in my mare.

3/18/2008 5:48:53 PM

every time I breed my mare and she foals.

3/18/2008 5:42:28 PM

I was amazed at how good she was! I certainly wouldn't be!

3/18/2008 5:41:59 PM

A little too risky for my taste.

3/18/2008 5:24:57 PM

Worked very well in keeping viable pregancy in our older mares

3/18/2008 5:11:36 PM

Caslick performed on Arabian mares that race.

3/18/2008 5:04:11 PM

a racing filly

3/18/2008 5:02:24 PM

ch is common in TBs. Caslicks help TB mares to get in foal

3/18/2008 5:01:44 PM

As much as I love my mare, she will NOT have any foals ever. So no Caslick's for her. Why bother?

3/18/2008 4:56:30 PM

Really great in assisting an older mare to retain her pregnancy

3/18/2008 4:53:49 PM

But have had only one foal here.

3/18/2008 4:42:39 PM

I doubt my gelding would like it--at all!

3/18/2008 4:40:58 PM

all mare's

3/18/2008 4:39:42 PM

Came already done, had opened to breed, then closed after birth

3/18/2008 4:35:18 PM

I've seen one done, but my mare didn't need one.

3/18/2008 4:32:05 PM

I would if I had a mare that required it.

3/18/2008 4:27:55 PM

I have not but my mare, Folly had the suture scars where she had had one during her racing career.

3/18/2008 4:23:01 PM

after years of breeding experence think that 95% of the thime it is not necessary

3/18/2008 4:21:53 PM

in a 21 year old mare and I have a wonderful filly now

3/18/2008 4:06:31 PM

If your mare requires a caslick's to sustain a pregnancy, maybe she shouldn't be bred--and passed on

3/18/2008 3:47:08 PM

So... where to find info on REMOVING Caslick's when mare is ready to foal???

3/18/2008 12:32:01 PM