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post #1 of 3 Old 06-02-2010, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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What the HECK could this be?? huge lump on mare

So I have been away for a few days... went out to catch my mare for a ride yesterday (River, she's 9 in August... on a separate note, WOW time flies!) and saw this.
It does not appear to be hurting her, she doesn't limp on it at a walk or a trot. I poked and prodded it a bit and she gave no indication that it hurt. It feels like fluid in there, as it is really smushy and soft.
I can't find any open hole or spot of any sort.
Could have been like this for a few days, since I've been gone I haven't looked at her for about 5 days.
I almost loaded her up and went to the vet yesterday... but decided to wait since it wasn't hurting her... I just got back from college for the summer and have literally $0.
Anyone have ANY idea? If not, I'm going to give it til tomorow morning then I guess I'm gonna load her up and go to the vets, even if I have to borrow money.
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-03-2010, 12:00 AM
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It's a hematoma. It can be caused by injury, a bite, or a sting. A mare I had years back got one about that size in about that same location. We never did figure out why/how either. The vet came out and lanced it and drained, then showed us how to drain it and flush it daily. We drained it daily plus gave her a round of antibiotics. After a couple of weeks, it was cleared up and she was good as new! Not even a scar remained, from the lancing & draining.

I would definitely take her to the vet tomorrow.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-03-2010, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to call the vet in the morning, truck and trailer are ready to go.
It's good to know what I'm dealing with here.
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