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post #1 of 3 Old 09-08-2007, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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black hard bumps on my Belgian

hey all I am new to this forum. I had recently just purchased a 3 year old Belgian gelding. he is the sweetest thing I could ever met. and I love him to pieces. in the past week I have noticed 3 small black hard bumps inside of the upper region on his thigh. when I touch them he does not feel a thing. it does not interfere with walking, going to the bathroom or anything like that. He also has a small one on his ear, two ones on his muzzle and another tiny one by his eye. again they do not hurt him. and before I bought him he did not have any of these at all. someone told me it was cancer, but I dont think it can happen that fast within a week and a half. or can it? my vet is coming in a few days to do my vaccines so I will ask him.

any advice??
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-08-2007, 01:00 PM
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did you not have a vet check him before you bought him?????

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-13-2007, 11:41 AM
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Sounds kinda like melanomas, which are a type of cancer but don't freak out because they are very slow-growing and generally don't cause the horse any problems. My 20-year old has had them since he was about 5, and his tail is covered with them. He also has them on this groin, back and jaw, but the tail is the most common location for them. If you check the underside of your horse's tail and there are any similar bumps, I'd just about guarantee that is what it is. Gray horses are notorious for getting them, but any color horse can. They can pop up pretty quickly and they generally grow to a certain point quickly then don't grow at all or very little for years. Get your vet to check it out, but if they are melanomas don't worry too much about them, I've seen horses at age 30 with tons of them!
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