Originally Posted by LaYuqwam111
near my friends place there is a paddock where everyone from around the area keeps their horses. There is one old grey mare which has about 4 large lumps on either side of her neck, just behind the head. I have read some books and i'm pretty sure its melanoma. Can any one tell me about it? Will it hurt her or is it just like a wart-type thing? I am hoping to talk to her owners to ask them about it, i'm sure they would know what to do. I'm always trying to learn more about horse health, and i'm curious the learn more about it. Does anyone have any horses with this as well? Any comments would be appreciated thanks, Kayla
Melanomas are more common in greys, and they usually don't spread to other parts of the body, but the only sure way to know exactly what type of skin condition exists is have a vet get a sample (biopsy or aspiration) and have it looked at by a pathologist. There are a whole set of skin tumors that horses can get, some a lot more serious than others, but it really needs to be looked at.