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post #21 of 25 Old 03-26-2010, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Cool, thanks MyBoyPuck! I'll check that out!

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post #22 of 25 Old 03-27-2010, 01:20 AM
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Glad you figured out her jumping problem.

As far as the allergies, I would start with what she's eating, and if anything has changed; find out from the hay supplier if he's getting hay from a different area. Any feed changes, since the hives started showing up? Anything new that you've gotten equipment wise? Allergies can be difficult to pinpoint, especially if it's turning out to be a 'yearly' thing, rather than a seasonal thing. BUT you can be assured it is something that she is encountering probably daily, so that can help you pinpoint things a bit easier. Good luck with figuring out her allergies!

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Glad you figured out her jumping problem.

As far as the allergies, I would start with what she's eating, and if anything has changed; find out from the hay supplier if he's getting hay from a different area. Any feed changes, since the hives started showing up? Anything new that you've gotten equipment wise? Allergies can be difficult to pinpoint, especially if it's turning out to be a 'yearly' thing, rather than a seasonal thing. BUT you can be assured it is something that she is encountering probably daily, so that can help you pinpoint things a bit easier. Good luck with figuring out her allergies!
They're actually not hives which is the strange part (and what led us away from allergies at first). They are these collagen granulomas, masses of tissue that won't ever go away on their own unfortunately, they have to be cut off And when they started popping up, there had been no change in her grain, her hay (or hay supplier), or the shavings. So there's no easy answer to this riddle which is why we took blood and it's being tested to see what her body is reacting to. So far the most likely suspect is insect saliva (sounds strange but that's what usually causes the collagen granulomas) but it seems odd that they would show up during the cold months. Spiders maybe? Who knows...I'll find out in 10 days though!!

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Throwing the legs to the side is something that the horse does if for whatever reason they can't tuck their hind legs up tightly enough to clear the jump otherwise. It indicates one of two things: 1.) That the horse lacks the ability or scope cleanly. You'll see Grand Prix jumpers do this over a maximum height or maximum spread or 2.) something in the horse's conformation or soundness prevents them from folding their hind legs in the normal fashion.

Since you say this happened over 2' 3"; I'm going with #2. Posting photos or a video of her jumping would be a big help.
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Ok everyone, here's what the vet found...the bump is just 1 of several large ones, this big one is right under where the saddle goes...it's been biopsied and it's some sort of allergic reaction. So the vet drew some blood and is testing to see what is causing these bumps to pop up

In the meantime, we're treating it with anti inflammatories and she is now on antihistamines as well, to treat the allergy systemically and stop more from popping up while we figure out what she's so allergic to.

The throwing her legs to the side is exactly what we thought, although not the stifle. She pulled a muscle in her back on the left side, so THAT'S why she was jumping like that. I'm guessing our first few days in the still semi-muddy ground caused that one. So she's on a muscle relaxant and hand walking for 10 days and she'll be good to go there.

Soooooo now I'm starting to take some guesses, what do you think she is allergic to? The big one on her back popped up last fall, and the rest of them, the smaller ones, popped up more recently -- on her side, leg, back, and even her EAR! poor girl I'll let everyone know what I hear back from the vet!
well glad you got to the bottom of it and hope she is better soon!

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