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If you are loading them from a computer, then the easiest I have found is to upload them to a separate site like flikr or photobucket and then just copy and paste. I can't help if you are trying it from a mobile device.

As for the spot on her back, it is entirely possible that it's a melanoma. My gray horse has one on his back about 4 inches back from his withers and maybe 4 inches down from his spine, just about where the bars to the saddle land. I plan to have it surgically removed (along with 2 more from his face) this winter after the flies are dead. I've already had 2 taken off his butt in the past.

Unfortunately, that's just the curse of the gray horse. Most of them will end up with melanomas somewhere at some point in their life.

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As for the spot on her back, it is entirely possible that it's a melanoma. My gray horse has one on his back about 4 inches back from his withers and maybe 4 inches down from his spine, just about where the bars to the saddle land. I plan to have it surgically removed (along with 2 more from his face) this winter after the flies are dead. I've already had 2 taken off his butt in the past.
Just curious... How long does it take to heal?

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The ones in his butt that I had removed, I left the stitches in for about 10 days (per vet's orders). After that, it was just a couple of weeks for the scabbed places to completely heal up. However, vet did say that if he was unable to stitch one of them due to a lack of extra skin (as it will be with the ones next to be removed) then it would have to heal as an open wound. It would take longer and leave a bigger scar than the ones with the stitches did.

For what it's worth, since I have been through it once already, here is some pictures of my guy's melanomas...before and after. The surgery took a little over an hour and was pretty much completely uneventful as both the melanomas were only skin-thickness and it was just a matter of cutting away the skin they were growing on.

You can see the smaller one 2 or 3 inches to the left of his butt crack and the other, larger one is to the right of it, almost in the middle of his crack.


Here, we had just gotten back from the vet after they were removed.


Here is the day after the stitches were taken out.


Now, he's got a bit of a scar where the far left one was, but it's not terribly noticeable. I don't really have any current pics that show it well.

And here are the 2 that are currently growing on his face that will be removed this winter, along with the one on his back that I don't have a good picture of.

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