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  • Lump girth area horse
  • Horse has hematoma around girth area on belly

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    06-17-2013, 02:40 AM
'Cyst' in girth area...

We were at a schooling show and Jackson just wasn't acting right. All his lines were crooked and eventually he did move off of my leg, but he was sucking back a lot through corners and turns and just didn't have any 'go'. So we untacked after our flat class and I noticed two things: there was a small line of blood under the pad of his breastplate, which is weird because it's sheepskin lined and nothing was poking or stuck in the sheepskin. And then on his girth area there was a lump (I've attached a picture). It was hot, but so was the rest of him, and now t doesn't seem abnormally warm, it's firm but squishy (if that makes sense?) and pretty big. Someone said it looks like a cyst, my coach told me to hot compress it (did that) but I honestly have no idea what it is. My instincts are to say bug bite, but it wasn't there when I tacked, was right under his girth and I don't think anything could get in there. It's on his left side, which is the side he was bulging on / fussing about moving off my leg but when I press on it it doesn't appear to bother him (granted there's a difference between the pressure of a hand and the pressure of a girth). Any ideas? Does it look like a bite / sting mark to you? He did have one little blow up early on in the day, but I don't think it was big enough to indicate a sting, he just threw his head in the air as I was leaning forward to fix his braids and backed up a few steps.

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    06-17-2013, 05:02 AM
Might be an abscess..in my experience they tend to be more common than cysts...my boy had one on his leg..i went through this entire panic attack not knowing what it was..called the vet out..an hour before the vet came out..it exploded and I cleaned it out..the vet laughed..said I did a perfect job and that such things are very common and I shouldnt worry..just keep it clean and put antibiotic ointment on it after it pops to keep infection at bay..needless to say..i glared at my horse after that due to the wasted money of a vet visit lol
    06-17-2013, 07:28 AM
Odd I'm keen to hear the replies
    06-17-2013, 11:42 AM
My thought would be a summer sore. What that is is fly larvae just under the skin. It will weep and bleed, moves around, is squishy but will not go away. Double dose with Ivermectin and it will go away in a few days if that's what it is.
    06-17-2013, 01:30 PM
I hope it's not an abscess, he had one in his face last year right at the start of show season that was a huge pain in the butt. But that's a definite possibility...

LHP, that's absolutely disgusting but I might look into that and try it... I'm hoping that's what it is, if it's easy to get rid of. But ew.
    06-17-2013, 06:12 PM
Well I went out to check on him and the lump is a lot smaller, just barely a raise so who knows. Maybe it's just a bug bite that was irritating him, who knows. I wont worry too much about it. Give him a few days, see if it goes down all the way and if it comes up again after being girthed up then I'll look into what it might be.
    06-17-2013, 06:17 PM
OK, I swear I posted this earlier.....

It looks like edema from heat build up under the girth to me....is your girth neoprene?

Sorry it happened on a show day!

    06-17-2013, 07:27 PM
I'm sure you will be having your vet check it out but another idea could be a hematoma.
    06-17-2013, 07:58 PM
No need for the vet at this point, the swelling has gone down. If it comes back and becomes bothersome I might give them a call.

The girth isn't neoprene but it's not breathable at all, and it was so hot and humid yesterday that that's entirely possible greentree. I'll look into it. Do they tend to subside on their own, and so quickly? The only examples I've seen so far were of the 'extremes', big ones that need treatment. This one's gone down at least 3/4 of it's size over night.

The same can be asked about hematomas, I know they can go down on their own over the span of a week or so, but so quickly?
    06-17-2013, 09:19 PM
Wow, on my phone it looks so much different than my PC. I surely wont be replying to any pics until I see it on my comp. It doesn't look anything like a hematoma...lol Well I am glad its better. I haven't known a hematoma to go down that quick

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