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post #1 of 16 Old 05-27-2010, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Three problems in two days!?! Help!!

First problem is this lump my friend found yesterday, here is the original thread: Lump/mass on chest! Urgent!!

Then this morning, my friend found this scaly, peely thing on her chest. She's had a fungus, one little spot, that she's been putting Miratek [??] on. Velvet doesn't want you to touch it, it's fairly warm, but it is her chest and she had a blanket on so who knows. Here's the pictures. Any ideas!?



This is the lump 24 hours later, I'm posting the picture here because you can also see the scaly rash thing. I will update about the lump in the other thread.



And THEN, tonight, we found a lump along her spine? It is directly on the spine, and hard hard. Not tissue hard, bone hard. A ridiculously out of place vertebrae? It hurts A LOT and may also be warm. Here are two pictures.





ANY AND ALL IDEAS WOULD BE APPRECIATED! A very knowledgeable friend will be out to look at her tomorrow, and a vet will be called in a few days. We are looking for ideas of what it might be, not techincal veterinary advice. We just want to know what we're looking at.

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-27-2010, 12:53 AM
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Other than the lumps, has she been ill? Coughing, nasal discharge, fatigue?
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Yikes, I don't know! I feel your pain and frustration with the issue onslaught, I feel the same way with my horse who is also having an awful stroke of luck. Do you think her blanket could be dirty or rubbing her raw on her chest?

Since all of these things are painful, I'd call the vet out immediately. I don't know if people will agree with me but I would have an emergency visit to get them out immediately and tell me what is going on and how to help relieve the pain for my horse.

I hope she's ok :( Good luck and lots of love coming your way!



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Lumps on the chest scare me. There are lymph nodes there and *can* a warm lump on the chest is a major symptom of ******* strangles. With the addition of a second lump, I would have the vet out asap. Strangles is running rampant in our neck of the woods.
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Not sure about the one on the chest, but the one on the back reminds me of a bot larve that you see on cows and have seen on horses Does it have a soft spot in the center? If its a bot larve, then the larve will break the skin and crawl out.
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post #6 of 16 Old 05-27-2010, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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The first lump on her chest we aren't so concerned about, it's much better today; softer, not as painful, smaller.

She is in great general health. A touch underweight, but her temperature is fine, manure is fine, she's eating normal, her coat is sleek and shiny. She always gets a runny nose when moving around, always in the five years my friend has had her.

I'm also not sure of strangles, because I'm pretty sure Velvet is the only horse having problems. It's a big barn, so a strangles strain would definitely be possible, although I wouldn't say it's rampant in the area. The horse on one side of her is for sure healthy, it's my friend's friend's horse so we're sure about that.

I don't think the chest rash is from her blanket, she wasn't wearing one the night before she had it.

Bot larvae? That's interesting, it is a bit soft in the middle, now that I think about it. She's stalled all the time, would that make a difference? She also doesn't have any bot fly eggs on her legs, but I suppose that doesn't always mean anything...

We talked to everyone at the barn that was around, no one had any idea about anything. Just the generic; new feed, bad saddle fit, new product, etc.

Thanks for your input, I will run everything by my friend as well as the super duper friend comign out tomorrow. Thanks so much!

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The bot fly that causes the lump isn't the same as the yellow specks from bot fly eggs on the legs. The bot fly under the skin is called a warble. Its a cutereba bot fly. If it is a warble soon the lump will have a soft spot, that breaks open and makes a breathing hole for the warble. You will be able to see the warble move around. If you get a tweezers you can gently work the warble out. Do not break the warble, it will release toxins. If you are squeamish have a vet do it! Once the warble is out of the hole it will heal up very fast and usually leaves no marks. They are gross little nasties.

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Oh, that is disgusting. o_O It's definitely something to keep an eye out for. So if a hole doesn't appear, it's something else then, right?

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probably, but you really need to get a vet out to look at it.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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I would have a vet out regardless, especially because my concern would be that the horse does live in a large boarding facility, and there is always that chance that it could be infectious...for all the other horse's safety the horse needs to be seen by a vet.

On a side, the lump in her back looks like a 'blister' my mom's arab had several years ago which was the result of a pressure point on his back caused by the saddle...it was hard as well, and within a few days burst on it's own. I wish I had pictures of it, but that was many years ago, and I'm not sure we still have any of it anymore.

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