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post #1 of 13 Old 08-11-2012, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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A lump on my horse's girth area : not sure what it is

I noticed while grooming my horse that he has developed some sort of lump that is right beside where his grith usually sits. Now this lump is hard, and a bit bigger than a pea. There is no warmth about it,but when you look close, a small amount of discharge can be seen, but no hole. It seems to be the only one on him. I have two photo`s of it, sorry since they are slightly over-exposed, it was the best I got. Now it seems to have drained a slight bit since yesterday when I checked, but it is still present and hard as if a stone be inside of it.
-additional information, it may be of help to mention that I use a neoprene cinch, but have been using it since last winter, but it has not been until just recently since this strange welt surfaced.
Any help as to perhaps what it is would be appreciated. Thank you.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-12-2012, 03:22 AM
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My girl had one of these - just turned up one day - didnt bother her at all so I rode on it... for like a year or so ... then one day it swelled up and became huge! So I took her to the vet and they lanced it - turned out it was a foreign body and her body had decided it was time to go... took about a week for the swelling to go completely


This is a pic - the day it as lanced - reduced in size dramatically over night... was quite ouchy when it swelled up for her so was on bute... it did start off like you had though...

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IM guessing that it may be trying to get rid of whatevers in there now as its draining...
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Yes, thank you for the reply, and see, mine is super close to where his girth sit, and I noticed the one day I tried to saddle up is that when I tightened the cinch, he groaned a little and put his head down, so clearly it was uncomfortable for him, but once I was done tightening, he was fine, was ready to go as ever. ? I walked him, it seemed to have made no impact on the way he moved under saddle. So do I wait, and let it try to deal with itself, perhaps it will abcess and flush out itself? I looked at it again this morning, and whatever it was that was on top of it,like the tuff of hair/ scab was not ther, and it appeared to be just a patch of raw skin. But a bump still remained underneath as far as I could tell, no hole or anything though, rather odd.
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Id try flush it out but if you can - You may be able to draw it out with a poultice - but otherwise Id keep an eye on it... you can see the smaller lump on the big one - that was how it started (ANd that was straight under the girth...) Id get it looked at however if it flairs up OR gets sore :)
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where exactly is this on his body? I know you said next to the girth but it would help to have a reference point. If it is in close to his elbow do you think it could be a shoe boil?

More pics please!
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my mother found a simple recipe where you mix some natural honey with ground turmeric and the honey contains anti-bacterial properties and the turmeric supposedly helps draw out anything, whether it be an infection or perhaps bug larvae. So I applied that to it yesterday, and no results. I've been watching it closely, as it has been there just over a week now, it has not grown at all, which is good and it doesnt seem to concern him too much at all. Although when I tried squeezing it a bit, to see if maybe it was a simple boil that might pop or something, he did not flinch , but noticed and stepped aside, so I left him be. He can still ride while carrying a saddle, but he does show a little displeasure at the tightening of the girth which has never been a problem until this lump came along so I have been riding bareback to save him from wearing a cinch. But yes tomorrow I will go out and take some more pictures to give you a better idea of where it is.
By the way thank you for your help by replying :)
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now here is a photo I took today, you can see precisely where the bump is located with the yellow drawing ointment. Generally, arent shoeboils located on the elbow though? And this one is reasonably small, and hard, and doesnt appear to be growing at all.
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I felt a round, there seems to be another, smaller bump that I must not have noticed before and its just abouve the original bump. It is the same, but just a bit smaller. Aha, and I ran into a slight problem with the drawing ointment and that is that my goat loves to eat it!i observed her as she proceeded to lick away all the ointment on his belly :0,and thunder of course did not mind in the least. XD so ill probably have to end up separating them to ensure the ointment can stay on long enough for it to do its job lol.
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