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    02-10-2011, 02:59 PM
Question Help!!!!!!

Help me please! my horse has a lump going from the bottom of her ears to her throat. She has it on both sides of her face. It is hard. My horse is stabled at night and in the field in the morning. When I take her in at night it is huge and by the morning it is gone! The worst thing is -my other 5 horses now have it too! help!
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    02-10-2011, 03:02 PM
You need to call a vet, dear. We're just a bunch of random strangers on the interwebz, and since we can't see your animals, we don't know what's going on.
    02-10-2011, 03:05 PM
Yes I have. He's coming tomorrow, I just wanted ideas!
    02-10-2011, 03:11 PM
I would keep them in their stalls until the vet gets there.
    02-10-2011, 08:44 PM
Eek! Don't go to any other barns. Wash all your clothes, walk through bleach after you leave the barn (just 1/4 inch in a pan will do to help clean your boots), and don't go to any tack shops or other horse places! It's likely contagious since they all have it. It could be strangles even...
    02-10-2011, 11:11 PM
Thats incredibly weird, vet is definitely a must.
If they're not showing any symptoms of illness, they might have found something poisonous to snack on in the field if they're all turned out together? That's my best guess though?
    02-11-2011, 11:50 AM
Strangles? That's a guess though... Let us know what vet says!
    02-11-2011, 11:51 AM
I'd have thought strangles, except she says the horses are swollen at night, and the lumps are gone by morning. With strangles, the lumps stay as long as the infection is still going on.
    02-11-2011, 12:00 PM
Swollen glands would be my guess.

Could the horse be eating something during the day that is stressing its body and causing a reaction and by morning the body had dealt with it so the swelling and gone down?
    02-11-2011, 12:09 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I'd have thought strangles, except she says the horses are swollen at night, and the lumps are gone by morning. With strangles, the lumps stay as long as the infection is still going on.
May be allergy too, but I'm still suspicious. I know some human infections (like croup) is like that - worse at night, better again in morning, deteorating during a day. But I never heard it with horses.

disease, health, lump, strangles

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