Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Thanks for the replies guys!
JDI, it seems a bit firmer than an air pocket.
Equina, he has not had any tack on all winter - I ride bareback in the winter. He lives alone, so no kicks/bites, but he did have a minor nick higher up on his chest from something in the paddock (I am not sure what - will have to have a closer look). I did not notice it yesterday, but I was shaving him today, and it became clear when I removed the winter hair. Yes, it is about the size of a small fist.
stabledesigner, that is really interesting. As I replied to equina, he did turn up with a mysterious very minor (skinned) nick about 6" above the deposit on his chest (new today). I never would have considered the two to be connected. It does not seem sore at all. I will have a closer look at it tomorrow again. If anything seems funny, I will definitely get the vet out. In your situation, it just cleared up over time? It is not totally fluidy, but more of a soft, but in tact mass.
I think he may be been pushing up against his fence with his chest because we recently put a large bale of hay near his fence for feeding purposes. His panels are aluminum, and there are poles set in the ground every few panels to keep him from pushing his pen all around, but the spot near the hay, of course does not have a pole right there. I will check out the top rail of the fence closely tomorrow, to see if his pushing has damaged it in any way (I didn't notice anything obvious today) that could have caused the nick. Either way, we will get the Cat to move the hay pile from its enticing location.
I might try to get a picture of it tomorrow (if it will show up well on the camera).