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    11-27-2010, 11:26 PM
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Today I went to the barn at around 4 o'clock to check on my horse. He has a bad habit of cutting himself when he's in his stall so, in that case I went and checked him and suprisingly there were none. As I was putting him back in the stall I realized he had a big lump by his sheath area but, under his belly and it was the size of a baseball.

I brought him back out of his stall and threw him on the cross ties to check him. It was hard as a rock and when I touch it, it hurt him. It didn't seem like bad pain but, he pinned his ears back. He is allergic to ticks and I must have not realized but, when I checked the area he had 4 ticks on him although, they weren't there the other day. I took the ticks off and cleaned the area. Other than when I touched it he doesn't seem in any discomfort.

Than I checked his left side to see if I missed anything and there wasn't anything on that side. I will see if I can get a picture of what it looks like tomorrow but, what wierded me out is that the first one was like a baseball and there was another lump on top of the first one and there was a tick there that I took off and he was bleeding.

Are ticks even supposed to be out this time of year? It's pretty chilly here, today it was in the 40's but the day before yesterday it was in the 60's. I'm not sure if I should call the vet because, as I said he is allergic to ticks and he's had these lumps before when there was a tick on him! Do I wait a couple of days to see if it goes down or do I call the vet?

I will post pictures tomorrow of what it looks like. Any help is gladly appreciated :)
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    11-27-2010, 11:48 PM
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    11-28-2010, 03:34 AM
It sounds like an abcess. Which I can imagine can be caused by a tick bite. When he's had them before do they just go away on their own? Abcesses are caused by dirt or other things getting into the skin and causing an infection and they are usually filled with pus and the like. The tick could have been the irritator. If it keeps getting bigger, you might want to have the vet come out and drain it, which you can do yourself, but if you have never done it before, best to let the experts show you first. But I can tell you how anyways.

When you touch it, push in different spots to see if you can find a soft spot. This is where the skin would be the thinnest, and where it would eventually pop out on its own. Its called the path of least resistance lol. That is where you would take a sharp needle or even a scapel and make a small hole. Then it should drain, maybe having you gently push around it to encourage it. I would clean the area with some rubbing alcohol first, and after, to make sure its somewhat sterile. And maybe give him a little bute for pain, but just relieving the pressure is going to cause a great bit of relief. Just beware, abcesses can grow huge in small amounts of time, so it is best to have the vet come out and make sure it is one, or if it is something else. I've had vast experience with abcesses since my horse gets hoof ones quite frequently in the winter. And since you said it is rock hard, that makes me think it is one even more.

Best of luck to you and I hope your boy gets better :)
    11-28-2010, 11:39 AM
Thanks for the advice I cleaned the area last night and I gave him some bute this morning. It has happened before. It doesn't look like it has gone down though and I am going to call my vet tomorrow if I see no change.
    11-28-2010, 09:37 PM
It kid of sounds like the Pigeon Fever epidemic going around. Heres article that explains what it is: Pigeon Fever | U.S. Horse Trainer

We have it going around the ranch here but we've only seen it on the mares. But it sounds like it because before that abscess pops, it forms into a hard ball like shape. I would read up on that and make sure that isn't what it is.
    11-28-2010, 10:08 PM
Thank you omgpink I will most certainly read up on it
    11-28-2010, 10:22 PM
OMG my trainer had the same problem with her horse today... he is a gelding and he had a large softball sized lump in his sheath area. Hmm... maybe somethings going around... let us know what happens!
    11-29-2010, 01:23 AM
I checked it today whilst I was there and it seems to be going down and getting softer. It is still big though because, if you move away from him and look at where it is you can see it without actually bending down. I called my vet and he is going to come down and check it but, the vet says if he is allergic to ticks and there was a tick there than, he'll most definitely have an allergic reaction to it but, I read up on the Pigeon fever and I'm pretty sure it's not that. I keep forgetting to take a picture of it, to show you guys what it looks like
    11-29-2010, 04:06 PM
That is what the lump looks like. I don't know what it could be but, it is going down some
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    11-29-2010, 04:08 PM
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