My friend found a lump on her mare's chest. It's low on her chest, almost in between in front legs. It's about two inches long, oblong shaped, sticks out about an inch. It's firm put fairly mobile. Painful and hot [not warm, hot]. It's new, my friend swears it wasn't there yesterday.
Our best guesses are; she laid down with her newly shod feet [hadn't had shoes in awhile] pressing into her chest and it caused a lump, or she rubbed/smacked it on her grain feeder [possibly because of the fungus on her chest?] but that's all we've got. I called my vet and he said he wouldn't think cancer at all seeing how suddenly it popped up, and to cold-hose and give her Bute for a few days, and that he didn't think it was something worth calling a vet out for an "emergency."
My friend is going to continue this therapy for a few days and see if it goes away before she has a vet out. I just wanted to know what your thoughts were? Any ideas? Any at all? She's really concerned, anything you can suggest or advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
And a cute one of Velvet and her mom. =]