I have a 12 year old paint mare, who I've had since she was 2. She showed heavily for years but for the past 3 years she's been just a trail horse. Never in the past did she have a hernia.
All summer I battled a hoof abcess and finally got that taken care of. Yesterday I rode her for the first time. We walked and did a small amount of trotting. Nothing out of the norm. A humungo tractor did fly by us and she got spooked and did a bit of wheeling around but nothing crazy.
Then my Mom calls me and says she has a lump bigger than an egg on the underside of her belly in the middle. It's soft, and she's not bothered by it.
Otherwise, her mentation is slightly dull but hard to say because she's a quiet horse to begin with.
My question is, can hernias spontaneously occur at an age this old without major trauma? Or could it be some sort of swelling from ??? It's directly under her belly so it would be hard for someone to kick her there... I have discussed it with the vet and when I go there today I'll check her temperature and feel the lump... otherwise I'll have the vet out Monday.
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Thank you very much. Caryn