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    06-13-2008, 11:57 PM

My horse Bailey has several melanomas, most of which are under his tail but there is one on his left rump and one on the right side of his neck. The ones under the tail range from the size of a pea to the size of a golf ball, but arent a big concern (they are pretty common). The other two are both large, the one on his rump is about 5" wide/deep, and the one on his neck is about 5" wide but not as deep. I had them ultrasounded 3 years ago at New Bolton Center and we decided not to remove them because they both sit along the spine. Neither one is attached, and the vet felt that removing them because of the location could cause more problems than leaving them. She felt that they had used up the blood supply in the area and since they hadn't changed at all in the last 6 months that they were probably ok. The one on his neck is not noticable at all, the one on his rump was only noticable if I pointed it out or you were grooming him. Other wise he's in great health and doing fine.
I noticed the one on his rump seems different, although it could just be more apparent because he hasn't been in consistent work and has lost some mass (I have a 1 year old daughter so I wasnt able to ride much this winter).

So my question is... does any know of any herbal treatments (or otherwise) that have been successful? Im aware of Cemetidine however I haven't heard consistent results with it. The vets usually recommend that as well, so I thought I'd see what home remedies were out there.
I am going to have it looked at again when the vet comes out but like I said, just checking if anyone has heard of anything else.

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    06-14-2008, 11:24 AM
Currently cimetidine is the only thing that works in even some cases so you would be better off starting on it in the hopes that your horse is one of the ones that it would help.
    07-02-2008, 03:35 PM
Ryle --

Have you heard anything about Earth Angel's? A friend of mine mentioned that as the only thing that had good results for her...

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