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  • Non healing wound on a horse from a splinter
  • Gray horsee bumps

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    09-04-2012, 03:50 PM
  #21
Green Broke
Has that site ever been ultrasounded or cultured? There could be a foreign body in there, like a little splinter. That could explain the open non-healing tract.
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    09-04-2012, 06:52 PM
  #22
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I will definitely Thanks.
     
    09-04-2012, 09:18 PM
  #23
Weanling
My first horse was a gray/white and he had melanoma. He had tons of pea to grape size masses under his tail and on his sheth. He could not suck his sheth up all the way due to the masses. We got him at age 29/30 and he had them then and ended up having to be put to sleep at 40 for an unrelated cause. He went down to roll then couldnt get his back legs under him no matter how hard he tried.

None of his bumps ever looked like that or scabbed up. They were all under the skin like little balls.

Hope yall find out what exactly that is! :)
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    09-04-2012, 09:38 PM
  #24
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By all means, have it biopsied if you want and you find a Vet that will do it.

I have seen melanomas that looked like those in the photo and they were also on pink skin that has lost its pigment. Some grays will lose skin pigment. I have a couple now that have lost pigment around their eyes and one around her vulva. So far, neither of these has any melanomas yet. I would bet this old horse had black skin pigment in that area when it was young.

Just like cancerous lesions (entirely different kind, by the way) that Hereford cattle get. They always get them on the pink skin. Many more human skin cancers appear on fair complected people as opposed to dark skinned people. Pink skin around the mouth, eyes and anus are MUCH more susceptible in gray horses, too.
     
    09-05-2012, 08:40 AM
  #25
Foal
Cherie, we are defiantly going to have it biopsied she is in great health besides this melanoma or whatever it may be???? It has been there for before we got her, and really doesn’t seem to affect her, however my daughter loves riding this mare and she really performs great for her, so we are going to try to keep her around as long as possible. I am, like I stated before, about 90% sure its melanoma and I am more of a conservative when it comes to treatment options, and I have heard that melanomas and sarcoids when tampered with can sometimes spread or be exacerbated by surgical treatment so I would really have to think long and hard before deciding to remove it or have surgery performed on it. I have found a vet that will do the biopsy, Now the fun part trying to coordinate our schedules. Thanks everyone for your opinions and advice always enjoy learning new things from everyone.
     
    09-05-2012, 10:03 AM
  #26
mls
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Originally Posted by natisha    
Has that site ever been ultrasounded or cultured? There could be a foreign body in there, like a little splinter. That could explain the open non-healing tract.
Excellent observation Natisha. Heaven knows mares itch on posts, sides of the barn, etc. Friend's horse had very small but long sliver in his horse for months before they unltrasounded to see why an abscess would not clear.

That being said - Melonoma strikes at any age. I lost an eight year old mare to rapidly progressive invasive melanoma. She had a couple of spots under her tail when I got her at 3 years of age. We had one removed from her face where the bridle sat. (Only ones advised to remove were those that were rubbed on by any tack)

I found a bump on her neck in January. Small. Vet said the only reason I noticed it was I am the most observant horse owner she knows. (January, Minnesota = cold, TONS of hair on a horse). Within two weeks she was gone. The vet tried to excise but it was too entwined in her carotid artery. Eventually would of cut the blood supply to her brain. I didn't want her to suffer so we never woke her from surgery.
     
    09-05-2012, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by mls    
Excellent observation Natisha. Heaven knows mares itch on posts, sides of the barn, etc. Friend's horse had very small but long sliver in his horse for months before they unltrasounded to see why an abscess would not clear.

That being said - Melonoma strikes at any age. I lost an eight year old mare to rapidly progressive invasive melanoma. She had a couple of spots under her tail when I got her at 3 years of age. We had one removed from her face where the bridle sat. (Only ones advised to remove were those that were rubbed on by any tack)

I found a bump on her neck in January. Small. Vet said the only reason I noticed it was I am the most observant horse owner she knows. (January, Minnesota = cold, TONS of hair on a horse). Within two weeks she was gone. The vet tried to excise but it was too entwined in her carotid artery. Eventually would of cut the blood supply to her brain. I didn't want her to suffer so we never woke her from surgery.
I'm so sorry.
     

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