Mares occasionally sustain serious foaling injuries that tear the tissue between the rectum and the vagina. A foal’s limb may push through the roof of the mare’s vagina resulting in a single hole (fistula) or result in a common opening of vagina and rectum (a third degree perineal tear).
These wounds are shocking to horse owners when they first occur.
These wounds are repaired surgically, however the repair is often intentionally delayed 8 weeks. This allows inflammation and swelling to subside.
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Prognosis & Relevant Factors
The prognosis is generally good with proper repair.
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