I have a paso fino mare and she had a caslick done this past pregnancy due to the fact that the year before she lost a foal full term. The vet thought that she had a late term infection and she is older 16 and that the caslicks would just make sure that the enviroment stayed cleaned. So I have a two week old filly today...so other breeds use them too. Good luck!
Lesser-muscled breeds tend to require a Caslick's procedure more often than the stouter breeds, hence a TB will require a Caslick's procedure more commonly than a draught horse, but about the same as an Arab or a Saddlebred.
Having said that, remember that the Caslick's procedure is put in place to correct a conformational defect, and conformation is somewhat heritable, so if one perpetuates bloodlines by breeding horses that require a Caslick's procedure to get and stay pregnant, one may be perpetuating a conformation defect.
Do not be misled also by the fact that many TB mares that are on the racetrack are automatically given a Caslick's procedure to prevent a low-grade uterine infection that may cause poorer racing performance. The only trouble is that once a mare has had a Caslick's procedure put in place it can impact the labial seal as a result of scar tissue, and hence the mare will require a further Caslick's procedure in order to maintain vulval integrity once bred.
Jan and Jos, thanks for the great information. It makes a ton of sense. So much to learn.
My first experience with breeding was with my first Throughbred mare. She had been caslicked in the past, but was not caslicked when we got her. So not knowing anything about the reasoning for the caslicks, my vet asked if we wanted to put caslicks in after she was confirmed pregnant. We said, no I don't think so. Turns out we just didn't know any better. We should have asked the vet why the procedure is done in the first place. But we didn't. Lucky for us, she didn't have a problem and foaled a healthy colt.
We just rebred both our mares and they both are caslicked. I pray they both are pregnant this time. This last breeding was done during a full moon, maybe that will be good luck. Then again, maybe that will produce goofy, crazy acting babies. LOL... Then again, maybe there's some merit to that. Yikes!
Anyway, I'll be releaved and extremely happy if these mares are pregnant. This would call for some major celebration!!
Jan, how do you like the Paso Finos? They are so pretty and refined. I was at one time thinking of getting one, but I was told they are a nervous type horse. Is that true?
Marilyn, no it was not your fault. It is your vet's responsibility to realize you are uneducated about certain things and to educate you. Your vet should never just say okay and drive off he should reply with a well you know if you don't do this, this may happen. This you need to convey to him or her.
Cathy, your right. It should have been explained to us, but I guess he figured we knew what we were doing... boy was he wrong.
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