My mare has two problems I'm really concerned aobut:
1. She has these bumps on her one side that are definitely 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!