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post #1 of 11 Old 08-14-2011, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lump on horse's neck/chest

I went out to the barn a few weeks ago and my gelding had a lump a little above were his neck meets his chest. I poked and prodded it for a while and didn't seem to cause him any pain. It's about half the size of a potato and you can sort of pick it up under the skin and its more hard than soft. It hasn't changed in a while and still doesn't bother him. Other than the lump he has no symptoms of any diseases I know of. Any ideas what it is?

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Can you get a picture of it? That would be really helpful.
It sounds like it could be a reaction to a bug bite or something like that but its hard to say without seeing it.

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It's been there too long for it too be a bug bite. Besides he gets lumps from bug on his stomach and those are different. I'll try to get some pictures up.

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This might sound odd but is the lump under the skin or 'in' the skin?
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-19-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not really sure. I can almost pick it up under the skin, but I can also pinch the skin pretty well over it.

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Hmm, my first thought is some kind of abscess. Do you remember him getting a scrape or small cut in the area of the lump before it came up?

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Could be a hematoma if he ran into something or got kicked.they usually take a week or two to absorb & go down.
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As far as I know there was no scratch/nick/cut where the lump is and its been there for a few months, so I guess its been too long too be a hemotoma.

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It kind of sounds like what happened to me when I got bucked at. It was bruised and after a few days a lump formed, like proud tissue. Its hard to explain... It was like the kick had ripped a muscle of something tissuey under the skin and as it healed a scab formed under the skin...

It could be similar for your horse... Got kicked, bruised but no broken skin and there is proud tissue where a muscle was damaged and now is repairing. It took ages for my lump to dissapear but it did!

Just a guess. Think it may be possible?


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It probably wouldn't hurt to have the vet look at it next time you see them. If it's an abscess, then it really should be drained ASAP to keep it from getting worse and causing more damage to the underlying tissue.

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