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  • If you can peel off the scab is it melanoma

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    09-02-2012, 07:08 AM
Melanoma in Gray mare?

26 year old gray mare we have had her for several years, the area doesnít seem to bother her and it usually isnít even noticeable but once in a while the scab will peel off and it will look like the picture. It doesnít leak, drain or bleed (a little show of blood when scab is off) and doesnít seem to be painful. We have treated it with everything under the sun and even had a general vet take a look (who just said it was an abscess and recommended us treating her with agricillin for several weeks, which we did, to no avail). I think it may be melanoma and we are considering finding and equine vet to take a look, because even though this girl is old we love her dearly and my daughter does also, she still rides her almost every day. Any other opinion, tips or advice as to what this may be?
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    09-02-2012, 07:12 AM
Also wanted to add, that is seems to never change aside from the scab falling off occasionally and then reforming the area never gets better or worse and she has had this for the duration that we have owned her. 1 vet and 3 visits have only produced the theory that it's an abcess. But none of the treatments for abcess have been successful. Other wise the mare is VERY healthy and spoiled(pampered) for her age.
    09-02-2012, 07:52 AM
The only way to know for sure is to have a vet biopsy/aspirate a sample and have the pathology done. In general, not getting worse is a good sign.
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    09-02-2012, 09:19 AM
    09-02-2012, 11:03 AM
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I would be concerned that it's a something other than a basic melanoma if there's a scab peeling off regularly...
My 27 year old gray mare is basically riddled with melanomas and all of hers are like there's a marble/lemon/pea/etc stuck under her skin. They aren't scabby, they aren't bloody, they're just there.

I'd get a vet to look at it, just so you know for sure what you're dealing with. :)
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    09-02-2012, 02:57 PM
I would order a jar of clean horse. Two years ago I used it on a sarcoid that popped up on one of my best horses. This is actually an old native American cancer remedy, that many old timers used. The sarcoid on my horse was growing quickly, and looking pretty nasty. A friend of our save me a little of his salve to get started on, then I ordered Clean Horse, which removed it completely in about 1 1/2 weeks. My dad has also used this on suspicious spots on his face that he was having to get burnt off repeatedly by the derm. The person who makes this product is very helpful and can tell you how to use it. It does work, and these older grays are prone, so I would try to remove it this way, first.

Between my husband and I, we have a good bit of experience with not only healing, but patching up wounds/injuries. People are always trying to send us horses to fix for them. On the other hand, I've seen a couple of horses (that belonged to acquaintances), who had small malignant spots. These friends/acquaintances didn't try the salve, and areas got much worse. So take it for what it's worth. I've found the $50 jar worth every penny.
    09-02-2012, 03:17 PM
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Sacroids and melanomas are two totally different things...

Of course, what this mare has may be a sacroid but older grays are not "prone" to sacroids. They're prone to melanomas.

Sacroids are thought to be caused by a virus and melanomas are generally caused, in effect, by the depigmentation of a gray's hair. Obviously, both can have different causes but the current science says those are the two "most common" causes.

    09-02-2012, 03:40 PM
Originally Posted by Wallaby    
Sacroids and melanomas are two totally different things...

Of course, what this mare has may be a sacroid but older grays are not "prone" to sacroids. They're prone to melanomas.

Sacroids are thought to be caused by a virus and melanomas are generally caused, in effect, by the depigmentation of a gray's hair. Obviously, both can have different causes but the current science says those are the two "most common" causes.
Yes, they are two totally different things. I never said they were the same. Sarcoids are a symptom of a virus. Melanomas are a malignant growth. Clean horse works on BOTH. Sorry to confuse you, but I said grays are prone to melanomas, not sarcoids. The Clean horse works on all these type of growths. The point I'm making is clean horse removes a sarcoid the same way it removes melanoma. Actually, there is much evidence of strong connection between virus' and cancer.
    09-02-2012, 03:46 PM
If this horse had a malignant melanoma, it seems unlikely that she would be around for several years. Just looking at the mass, that would be my first thought; however, it has been there a long time. It needs to be biopsied. That is the only way that you will know what it is and what to do about it. If this is a horse that you are really using, it seems to me that it would be well worth the money to get it checked out. If your local vet can't do it, you can haul her to an equine vet.
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    09-02-2012, 03:58 PM
I agree, a horse that age is not going to be around forever. If it were mine, I'd spend the $50 and watch the mass shrink. It could go away, it could just slow down. The other option is spending a fortune trying to conventionally resolve it. Or, risk spreading it with a biopsy. Most people have not even heard of clean horse, or blood root salve, let alone seen the results. I've seen a few cases first hand, and also heard amazing stories. For a horse that age, this the gentlest, yet most powerful method of management, in my opinion. I'm sure there are many who've never heard of this form of removal, nor seen the results I've seen, but will still dismiss it as a viable option.

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