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  1. #1
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    Default Cross-post question for experienced breeders with older mares

    This question actually came from a TB board, where a breeder with an older mare wants to know whether any breeders have experience with an older mare with minor vaginal bleeding (she has been checked by his vet and they suspect a varicose vein).

    Here is the thread:

    http://www.pedigreequery.com/forum/v...ic.php?t=33297

    I suggested since it is a breeding question, not a TB question, he ask here. He asked if I would post for him.

    Thanks for whatever thoughts you want to provide him.
    Hidden Echo Farm, Carlisle, PA -- home of JC palomino sire Canadian Kid (1990 - 2013) & AQHA sire Lark's Favorite, son of Rugged Lark.



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    Varicose vein rupture is a relatively common problem in mares and manifests as vaginal bleeding. As the fetus becomes larger, more weight and strain is placed on the vaginal vault and subsequently, some of those varicose veins will rupture. It is not just older mares that will occasionally have the problem, either. And, the amount of blood can sometimes be alarming!

    FWIW, vaginal bleeding is rarely a precursor to a mare aborting. If the mare has no other issues - no fever, no colic like behavior, no sweating, no udder enlargement/milk production, etc. - chances are it is nothing to worry about.

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    Thanks, Kathy - just the information he will need.
    Hidden Echo Farm, Carlisle, PA -- home of JC palomino sire Canadian Kid (1990 - 2013) & AQHA sire Lark's Favorite, son of Rugged Lark.



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    I had a mare in her 20s who had a couple of varicose veins that would periodically bleed when she was pregnant. My vet used a laser to cauterize them. She was in foal at the time and the whole procedure was very uneventful. It completely stopped the bleeding.
    Maryanne Nicpon
    Minglewood Sport Horses
    Ballston Spa, NY



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