I just bought a 3-yr-old mare who last raced two weeks ago. I purchased her off video and brought her home three days ago. Had her teeth done today and took the opportunity while she was sedated to do a thorough inspection of her body nose to tail. I was surprised to find a dangling mess of string from her caslicks procedure and some oozing sores from a couple suture sites. Ick. She’s been rubbing her tail and I expect this was why. I removed the sutures and cleaned the area. The area is healed from the procedure except for the sores/irritated spots, the vulva is closed as it should be with a suitable urinary opening.
Anyway, how common is this to find? I mean, do people just not bother to remove the sutures? It was pretty gross.
My seller, who is a broker and not the original owner/trainer of the mare, said she’s frequently had to remove old sutures from caslicks procedures done on the track.