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post #1 of 13 Old 12-22-2010, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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hard bony lumps on all four legs

i noticed yesterday that my horse has bony, fur covered bumps all over the bottom halves of all his legs theyre not causing him any pain, theres no heat or lameness and he has had no injury that i know off. I have just got back from uni having left my mum in charge! i picked at one and although it caused him slight discomfort not enough to warrant anything other than lifting the leg! it bled slightly where i picked and i wanted to get a vet to find out the cause and treatment! however, my mum would not allow this and as she has the vets numbers and although i pay any bills come out of her account i couldnt argue
does anyone have any idea what these could be?

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-24-2010, 06:17 AM
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Are you talking about chestnuts ? If you are all horses have them and they're ment to be there DON'T PICK AT IT. It's left over from horses evolving from having toes to a hoof.


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post #3 of 13 Old 12-24-2010, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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no its not the chestnuts, theyre below the chestnuts and where as chestnuts can be quite flakey and move these are rock hard and under the fur, they are not visible unless you look very close. We're treating him for mud fever now and if its not made and improvement by next week ill be taking him on a walk to the vets (the horse vets is next door to my yard and therefore walking him there saves callouts! which are ridiculous at this time of the year!)
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-24-2010, 09:53 AM
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could they be splints ??

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post #5 of 13 Old 12-24-2010, 09:57 AM
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That's what I was thinking too.

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post #6 of 13 Old 12-26-2010, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Are splints not formed more on the bone? these are on the skin and when you move the skin they move with it, i picked at one to see what it was like and it came off the skin. Theyre almost like scabs but harder, not flakey and the fur has grown on most of them :/ Theres also quite a few and they vary in size, hes only 3 so not in work yet, am planning to start bringing him into work soon but would like his legs to be bump free first!
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-26-2010, 12:35 PM
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I thought splints until you said you could pick them. My guess is it is an allergic reaction to a weed or something enviornmental or in the food. Sometimes if they get too much protien they can break out like that.
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-28-2010, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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ive being putting sudocrem on them to act as a barrier as well as to help the scabs and some have started to come off and although underneath is red it isnt sore to him in anyway, for now im going to carry on with the sudocream. Churumbeque i hadnt thought of an allergic reaction and he has recently being put onto a new feed so ill have to keep an eye on that but nothing has changed in the field and its been snow covered for the past few weeks! thanks
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-28-2010, 02:34 PM
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I'd be curious to see a picture of them in different stages if you got a chance. Always interesting in learning more and I'm having a hard time picturing what it could be.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-28-2010, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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ill try get some pics as theyre quite hard to see, its more what you can feel and all that can really be seen is a slight difference in the way the hair lies! i will do my best to show you what can be seen though
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