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    04-09-2014, 09:00 AM
Huge swelling on Mares chest

My mare has a huge swelling on the front of her chest on one side. She lives out with two horses so it is possible she has been kicked. The vet was out and thinks that's the most likely cause. There is no heat in it and it appears to be very firm to touch, doesn't feel like an abbess. We trotted her up and she doesn't appear to be lame or sore and is acting normally. She was vaccinated 2 weeks ago but vet doesn't think its a reaction. She has been in the field for 2 weeks, I have been checking her but never got taking her in to check under her rug until yesterday so not sure when the swelling occurred. The vet says if it is a kick, because it is cold and is firm it may be a swelling on the bone/muscle that may never go down. Any advice or common experiences of this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    04-09-2014, 09:11 AM
Knowing your location and what your weather has been like would help. When I hear, large lump, hard, no heat, it brings to mind Pigeon Fever. That only works if the weather has been right, though.
    04-09-2014, 09:46 AM
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Does she have a fever? A hematoma or seroma will not usually elevate a horse's temperature. On the other hand, as abscess will usually elevate a horse's temperature. The exception would be one that is 'walled of'.

I'd be voting for Pigeon Fever if you were here in the US. Do you guys have it in the UK?
    04-09-2014, 10:10 AM
Our weather here is very wet as I am from Ireland. I have never heard of pigeon fever over here before. I researched It there and skyes swelling is only affecting one side. It looks like the entire muscle on her right side has swollen but she isn't sore on it xx
    04-09-2014, 10:23 AM
That sounds more like a kick. Maybe some ice applied to the area 20 mins. At a time, to try to reduce the swelling? Or cold hosing?

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