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    03-31-2012, 03:13 AM
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Weanling
Melanoma

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
     
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    03-31-2012, 07:14 AM
  #2
Trained
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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.
     
    04-03-2012, 08:03 PM
  #3
Weanling
Thankyou :)
     
    04-04-2012, 02:38 AM
  #4
Foal
Yes, what painthorsemare said. But I wanted to add that you often see it on greys along their dock. It likes to stick along the spine, but can venture off. It isnt a sign that you did anything wrong, its just common in greys. The horse that I loved for years died all the sudden from internal issues, and I can't help but wonder if it had to do with the melanoma. I think they said his liver gave out or had something on it, I can't remember - I was away at college :( He had the tumors along his dock. The tumors didn't keep him from doing anything though, he was 21, 14.1 and would fly over 4'6". Man I miss that horse! Get it checked out if you think they are sprouting up too quickly.
     
    04-04-2012, 02:43 AM
  #5
Weanling
Ok,thanks. Yeah, she's not my horse, I don't know the owners. But im sure they have it under control. It didnt seem to hurt her or anything. I was just interested in it.
     
    04-04-2012, 08:46 AM
  #6
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Malignant Melanomas are very common in gray horses and almost non-existent in all others.

Occasionally they spread to the inner organs on a horse. Most start on the underside of the tail. Some are seen on lymph nodes near the skin surface. Those are the ones you see near the guteral pouch. When malignant tumors spread to the inner organs, the horse usually loses weight and dies quickly from them.

Most Vets do not like to mess with them at all -- including removing them or doing biopsies. It can make them grow or spread. We have used Liquid Nitrogen to freeze off small ones under a horse's tail and they did not come back. The Vet was reluctant to do it, but it worked fine. I would never touch one on a lymph node or mess a big one under a horse's tail. Most gray horses die from something else.
     
    04-24-2012, 07:52 PM
  #7
Foal
Melanomas

Yes, they do spread, and occur in other colors as well. There is an oncologist at LMU vet school who can tell you about all of it if you email him: jphill35@me.com
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