Originally Posted by mom2pride
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!!