Hematoma on my horse, please help!

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    07-17-2009, 05:17 PM
Question Hematoma on my horse, please help!

I was wondering if anyone on here has had experiences with hematomas and what you did to treat them if anything at all? Did you leave it alone, walk the horse, use heat/cold, any medications, massages, have a vet drain it, etc.?

She is walking/trotting/loping fine in her pasture, no limping or favoring of the leg. Eating, drinking, acting totally normal.

I'm attaching a couple pictures of my horse's hematoma so you can see how big it is and where it's located. Thanks!!!
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    07-17-2009, 05:25 PM
Green Broke
That's a pretty sizable hematoma - have you any idea how she came by it?. Most common treatments are applying pressure wraps and/or the use of cold - but I'd likely at least consult with my vet first before proceeding.
    07-17-2009, 05:29 PM
Welcome to the forum!

Personally, I think it's "Vet Time". The last time I saw swelling like that it was caused by a bee bite. Do you have another horse with him that may have given her a kick?
    07-17-2009, 05:34 PM
Holly...call the vet!
    07-17-2009, 05:55 PM
Yes, she's pastured with two other horses so we are pretty sure it's from a kick. I've done a lot of research on it and there's websites that say that they will eventually go away on their own and they say to walk the horse, message it, apply heat. And there's others that say you can either leave it alone, do the things mentioned before, or call the vet and have them drain it. I've read that sometimes it's better to leave it alone because having a vet lance it to drain it opens it up to infection and that that can be worse than having it swollen like that and letting it just absorb on its own in time.

I'll be calling the vet out though and see what she says about what would be best to do. But I thought it'd be good to see what others have experienced and to see if there are any opinions, thoughts, or advice on what to do and what those did who have had to deal with one before.
    07-17-2009, 10:47 PM
Green Broke
Hey HorsieLover, that's one huge hematoma. Walka has had 2, though a little smaller then that one.

Didn't drain, not always successful. Vet recommended hot packing with moist heat,(towel in hot water well wrung out) for 10 - 15 mins 2 x's a day. After a week started using DSMO and that worked like a charm. Really helped the body reabsorb the blood pool.

Good luck, and let us know what your vet recommends to do.

Wanted to add, reabsorbed beautifully, no ripples or anything to indicate he ever had any.
    07-18-2009, 02:05 AM
Thanks, where could I get the DSMO?
    07-18-2009, 02:17 AM
You can pick up DMSO at most any tack or feed store
    07-18-2009, 02:54 AM
My old gelding got a hematoma once, were the girth goes, and it was a little smaller than you mares, but not by much, and I had the vet come out adn he said there is not a lot you can do but wait for it to go away. He said that he could drain it but there is really no need to, the body reabsorbs it or soemthing like that. But being as you mare is in with other horse, I would be worried that she got kicked and that there could be more serious damage. I woudl have the vet come out and take a look and see what the vet thinks. I she sore at, like does seh walk with a limp or anything?
    07-18-2009, 03:28 AM
Nope she isn't limping or walking different at all. Even yesterday when we were taking the other horses on a trail ride she was running around her pasture without a limp or anything. She's perfectly normal other than the hematoma, eating/drinking normal, alert, moving around alot, etc. She's not acting sore or stiff in that leg either.

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