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post #1 of 7 Old 05-22-2013, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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What is this lump on my mare's face?

My 6 year old Quarter Horse mare has developed a mysterious, soft, hairless lump on the right side of her face. This lump has developed relatively quickly over the last few months and is soft and feels fluid filled. It doesn't seem to cause her any pain but it's driving me crazy because I'm not sure what it is. I've read a lot about sarcoids but this looks different than any of the pictures that I have seen of them. She also seems to be developing some similar but smaller spots on that same side of her face. Has anyone experienced anything similar? Any help is appreciated, thanks!
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I honestly can't see anything but a dark spot.. Do you have ticks real bad where you live?
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No, ticks are not a problem in this area. The lesion started as a small, difficult to notice bump, and has developed into this.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-23-2013, 11:59 PM
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I have seen various horses I have owned through the years get little bumps like that. I call them "blemishes" and they usually go away after awhile, what it is technically, I don't know.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-24-2013, 12:10 AM
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My mare has a funny bump on her face that looks a bit like that. The vet was not worried.
BUT that does not mean that this lump is okay.
That is a good photo. Send it to your vet and ask if the horse needs to be seen. Leave it up to them.
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Thank you for the feedback, I appreciate it!

Dustbunny, what was your Vet's opinion on your horse's lesion? My first thought was that Roxy has some sort of cyst.
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I wish I could remember what he called it but he said it wasn't anything to worry about (I think he knows I worry about everything). It also has not grown. Her last odd looking growth turned out to be a wart on her hip.
With your horse if they get odd shaped and bleed absolutely at least call the vet and tell him/her what you are seeing. I think I would still email the photo just to let the vet know what is going on.

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