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Date Posted: 21:07:47 01/08/09 Thu
Author: Sarah
Subject: Friesian Broodmare/Colic

I own a 13 year old Friesian mare. I have owned her for 3 years and she was imported from Holland to California. In researching her history she has had 9 foals. 3 of them are in my ownership and 6 prior to me. I decided to give her some time off. So after her July 08 foal I gave her a rest. In November she coliced. She had a slight displacement that had to be fixed with surgery. She then had a 360 degree torsion. She was opened twice in 24 hours for surgery. Luckily she is on the mend almost 60 days post surgery. The vet didn't find any impaction or explainable reason for the colic internaly. His best guess is that there was extra room in the abdominal cavity for the twisting to happen due to her not being in foal. We have now spent almost 10k to save her life and now her post surgery care. Does anyone have experience in this area or a similar situation that they could share? I don't want her to colic again. The vest said she could re-breed but I'm scared to risk it. Any thoughts?

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