I noticed yesterday that my filly had a little swelling in her chest area. I went to check on her today and the swelling has INCREASED 3 times the size and looks like a fluid build up. She is not eating much today and it seems painful. Has anyone had this problem I am going to have a vet out soon to look it over im just wondering if anyone had a problem like this or maybe even know what could it be??? /rr313/paintedcolor/red043.jpg[/IMG]edcolor/red047.jpg[/IMG]dcolor/red036.jpg[/IMG]
Call the vet if you haven't already. I don't know how old that filly is, but I can tell you that before I bought my old mare, Lady, she had a foal at her previous owner's and that colt was kicked by another horse in the chest - major swelling that the woman left untreated. She ended up with a dead colt. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case here, too. Doesn't always look bad, but ANY major swelling means a vet call. Be sure to keep everyone informed on what is going on with her. I've got my fingers crossed for the both of you!
We had a gelding who got a pretty big kick to the chest. It swelled up pretty significantly and even filled with pus. It took a while and a lot of cleaning/medicating to clear up the infection. It looked pretty similar to your picture.
A boarder's dad who is a vet saw it in passing and told us about something called Pigeon Fever or Pigeon Breast Disease. It's some sort of highly contagious disease where they get huge absesses in their chest area. There is a lot of info online about it but it's actually not that common (from what I hear). I'd look into it and definitely call the vet out!
This happened to my horse once. But his wasn't painful at all. It swelled up about that big and then shrunk back down to normal over the coarse of a week. He was fine. I wish I had taken him to the vet just so I had know what it was.