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    07-28-2013, 11:32 PM
Strange, painful lumps

My 17.3hh 7yo warmblood x gelding has started coming out in very strange lumps which range from the size of small coins to much bigger (seem to 'grow' over a period of a few days). He finds them very painful to be touched, and the larger ones feel quite hot. They also seem to have a 'head', the smaller ones a small scab, the larger ones have several pinhead like scabs clustered together. They start to decrease in size after a few days (still sore though) until they disappear, leaving an unsightly black hairless patch where the scab was.
He has not had any changes in diet recently, nor covers. He is stabled at night and in the paddock during the day, but have ruled out sawdust in the stable as they started appearing before we started to stable him at night. They seem to be restricted to his barrel/shoulders/whither, he has not had any on his neck, rump, face or legs.
As for being a fungal infection, we did have a horse arrive on the property a few months ago with ringworm (ended up being successfully treated) but this horse was kept isolated and had different tack, brushes, feedbins, etc. Also this horse did not find them painful, just incredibly itchy and they were not as raised. So thinking it is not ringworm!
I am currently washing him every other day with an iodine wash, and spraying them regularly with iodine spray which does not seem to be making a lot of difference. Have also started adding hefty doses of garlic to his feed.
Any suggestions as to what these could be/how to get rid of them would be greatly appreciated, it is becoming very frustrating as I am currently unable to ride him as he has had one pop up underneath where his saddle would be!
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    07-29-2013, 12:46 AM
Sounds like ring worm to me, or some type of worm
    07-29-2013, 12:49 AM
Try dewormer. Also look in his stool.
    07-29-2013, 12:52 AM
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    07-29-2013, 01:41 AM
He is wormed regularly, and just tonight was poulticing two of the bigger ones, after the scabs had softened and come off there was pus coming out (I would have thought too much for it to be ringworm?). Will try and get some photos when it is light again :)
    07-29-2013, 01:51 AM
Originally Posted by SaskGal    
Try dewormer. Also look in his stool.
I hope you don't mean deworm him if it's ring worm. Ring worm isn't actually a worm, it's a fungus.
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    07-29-2013, 01:53 AM
No, I know that but, if it's something else try dewormer.
    07-29-2013, 02:05 AM
Originally Posted by SaskGal    
No, I know that but, if it's something else try dewormer.
As I said before - he is wormed regularly. I highly doubt it is something to do with a worm infestation, he is otherwise in fantastic condition with a super glossy coat
    07-29-2013, 02:07 AM
As trinity said, do you have any pictures?
    07-29-2013, 02:08 AM
I have got some on my phone, but no idea how to upload them sorry!

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