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post #1 of 8 Old 09-01-2010, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Melanoma / sarcoid ?

Hi all! In the past few days my gelding has developed a weird wart / lump on his sheath that grew really quickly. I had the vet come out today and take a look and she wasn't too thrilled about the color of it, because it is so dark an different from his normal skin tone.

We're going to watch it for a week and them remove it to do tests and see what is going on. It's hard trying to decide what to do because if its a sarcoid I don't want to make it come back "with a vengeance" and pop up all over the place but if its a melanoma or something icky I don't want it to sit on him and I really want to have the tests run to see what it is.

So I figured I'd like to play it safe and have it removed / tested next week. Giving it that time so she can come back with help and the right equipment and to see if it shrinks or starts to resolve itself on its own.

So that's the game plan but I love having as many opinions as possible so what do you think? Right thing to do? What's it look like to you? Any ideas?

I'm nervous it's a melanoma or something because I heard they are more serious when they pop up on non-grey horses. It's "out of the way" and doesn't interfere with tack and isn't causing him any pain. He let us man-handle him and was such a good boy. It is attracting lots of gnats though which is gross and I feel so bad for him. Anything that "could be" cancerous I want OFF my pretty boy!

She said it wasn't deep and was just on his skin so it will be really easy to remove. I guess we'll see! Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-01-2010, 07:36 PM
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That's scary. I know how you feel just not knowing how bad it's gonna be and just wanting it off. I'm sending good thoughts for you and your boy. I hope it's just an ugly benign growth.
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Thank you! I have a feeling it will be ok... it's just so weird to happen so suddenly it's kind of scary!

Even if it was something gross we caught it early and are dealing with it quickly. Hopefully it's a whole lot of nothing and the only grief it will cause is to my wallet, haha

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So sorry! Sending good thoughts, and will be waiting to hear. Guess I had better take a closer look at my guys.....don't usually spend much time "down there" (as gramma would say)! If gnats are an issue maybe you can use Swat? It works really well for them.
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^^I am guilty of the same thing. The only horse that I really check closely on a routine basis is Dobe. But he's already had trouble with melanomas (and found 2 more the other day). I don't know how true it is, but I have heard that the second most common horse color to develop melanomas is palomino.
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it does not look very pretty, hopefully its just a begnign thingy. good thing you caught it early, i would get it re-moved to. A boarders horse had a pretty big melanoma on his sheath area that had to be re-moved and so far he hasnt had any problems, no new growths. Smrobs i didnt know that pallys were the second most common. i learn something new everyday lol

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Don't take that for gospel, RG. It's just something I've heard over the years but as far as I know, it may be nothing but an old wives' tale.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-03-2010, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

Just an update, the weird "wart/lump" was smaller today. It looks like it kind of deflated a bit. Maybe not having the gnats bothering it helped. It's still the same color and width and texture but it's sort of sunk down a bit and doesn't stick out as far!

We'll see how it goes but if it keeps getting better I may wait to have it removed??

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