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post #1 of 6 Old 08-20-2009, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy I've got a lot of problems here!

My mare has two problems I'm really concerned aobut:

1. She has these bumps on her one side that are definately confirmed (by a vet) that they are not bug bites. They start scabby and you cannot pick them off, and then they turn lumpy. There are multiple of them on one side but not on the other one. It's only started ever since we moved to our new barn. There is no mats in the stall, it's just dirt and very few shavings. We think that it is something called "nodules". Sometimes, this can lead to respiratory problems and she has been coughing a bit. I wanted to know if you have any suggestions on what this might be and what I should do about it. Our vet reccomended to deep bed her stall which means putting a whole lot of shavings in her stall so she doesn't have any contact with the dirt.

2. Is it bad for horses to eat hay that has been cut and only been sitting for 6 weeks? There is a big pile of hay in Grace's paddock like that. She's been really touchy on her belly now too. And she's always eating that hay! She also touchy on her chest and her bum. She's never been like this before! The other day when I put my foot in the stirrup to mount her, she snapped at me! And she never does that. I don't want her to be in pain anymore. I really want that hay out of her paddock but I can't do anything about it because th BO already blew up in my coaches face when she was concerned about it. So is this really a stomach ache? And what can I do about it?

Please help! Anything will help me out here! I just want Grace to be healthy!

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-20-2009, 11:06 PM
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I think just go with ur gut... My horses our kept at the stable at my hpuse with just dirt ground and tgwy e fine but ur horse may me alergic... And maybe u cood keep ur horse in a outdoor stall
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But im not sure Bout the hay
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-20-2009, 11:26 PM
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Ridaa1299, could you please not use "text speak"? Some of us here can't understand it :) Thank you!!

To the OP - I would consult your vet on all counts :)


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post #5 of 6 Old 08-20-2009, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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To the OP - I would consult your vet on all counts :)
That seems like the best thing to do. If anything gets worse I will definately call my vet.

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-21-2009, 02:05 AM
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It's not a problem for a horse to eat hay that's only been cut 6 weeks ago ( as long as it's been dried properly ) - the problem is with how much your horse can eat - If I were you I would move the hay to where your horse cannot have free access to it ( or else you have a possibility of your horse getting colic )

As for the lumps - your vet has said that they are not bug bites ? what has he said they are . There are many things that appear as you describe
I have had experience with protein lumps and ringworm - they both appear as you describe and could be associated with a move in stables . I would get your vet to tell you exactly what they are - if your vet cannot say what they are - get a different vet.

Even with a mud floor your horse should have a good bed - if your horse cannot lay down without coming into contact with a hard surface you have the possibility of getting either capped elbows or hocks
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