ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AT HOME
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
A major problem within stables of racehorses in training is the oestrous cycles of fillies and mares. My experience with the 60 and more horses I once had in training may sound a little verbally graphic, but if you stay with me, you will see the reason for discussing a subject that that I would not normally touch, and little is known of.
Equine sex is no different from any other species’ sex, but it’s a worry when you want to keep a racehorse’s mind on the job of competing rather than bonking.
Colts and stallions (entires) are no problem, they can be gelded. Usually the operation is carried out using local anaesthetic injected into each testicle and a cutting clamp seals the wound. Simple and effective.
It’s very different with fillies and mares, they can upset an entire block of stables when on heat by kicking, squirting and whinnying.
There seems to be a pheromone another horse can detect from some distance.
It’s not practical to spay a mare or filly. Spaying is invasive, complicated and requires the horse to be taken out of work and agisted.
The alternative operation is known as a "caslick" and is regularly used on brood mares to prevent infections or to stop wind-sucking.
It will also help a race mare or filly in oestrous not to react wildly and affect every other male horse in the stables, including geldings.
The operation is carried out standing up (the horse I mean, not the vet). A local anaesthetic is administered to each lip (labia) then the lip is opened by hand and a scalpel is used to slice a long slab of the red inner flesh completely off.
After the same is done to the other lip they are both pressed firmly together and sewn up leaving just enough of an opening at the base for urination.
Within a few days the flesh has welded together and the sutures can be removed. In the case of a brood mare a local anaesthetic is administered and a scalpel separates the tissue to allow servicing or foaling.
This procedure is effective in preventing a race mare or filly getting over excited during oestrus and it’s also very effective when the procedure is applied to young Muslim females... with a couple of differences:
There is no local anaesthetic applied, that would likely take all the fun out of it, and when the lips are being pared from the inside, the clitoris is also removed and the opening is only recut in future to allow childbirth.
The Muslim man will impregnate the Muslim female, extremely painfully, through the small opening left for urination.
Immediately after childbirth the whole procedure begins again.
If the Royal Commission into child abuse is not prepared to hear of this increasing practice within Australian Islamic communities, perhaps we should approach the RSPCA.