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PostSubject: Foal Loss Due to Infection   Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:21 pm

We lost our only foal that was due for this season. It was a little filly at 6 months gestation. She was aborted due to a infection in the uterus, which the vet discovered occurred due to the mare being too "loose" around her opening causing her to suck air and debris in. She foaled her first foal with no hassle last year but the vet said it was luck she didn't get an infection then. So now when she gets into foal she has to have her vaginal opening stitched shut until she is due to foal to prevent any bacteria from entering. I am now going to make it a matter of routine to have all new mares checked (the ones we own have now been done) to make sure we don't have to go through this again. Sad
Vet says it's the only surgery in the horse world that is 100% effective.

Does anybody else have a mare like this that needs to be stitched?
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PostSubject: Re: Foal Loss Due to Infection   Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:34 pm

I've never had a mare that needed a caslicks operation, but it is a very common operation done on Thoroughbreds, where they simply cannot afford to take the risk of losing the foal. You just have to be dead certain of the dates/time-frame the mare would be due, because if you don't get the stitches out in time, she can be severely torn.

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PostSubject: Re: Foal Loss Due to Infection   Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:39 pm

Vet is being involved every step of the way and we only hand serve with Jack anyway so dates are easy to work out. The vet actually likes her and has encouraged us to keep breeding with her.
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