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WesternBella 07-13-2012 12:42 AM

Hole in my Horse's Neck?!
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From what I can remember, my horse has had this weird hole in his neck since I bought him.

I was looking at these pictures and I've never noticed how much it stands out until now.

What do you think it could be from? Have you seen anything like it before?

I'm thinking it looks like a bite mark or something but who knows..

Kayty 07-13-2012 12:44 AM

Some horses are born with them. Some have them as a result of an injury causing scar tissue.
Personally I know at least 3 horses that have them, my own horse has one under his neck.

It doesn't cause a horse any pain, discomfort etc - just think of it as him 'thumb print' :wink:

shaggy 07-13-2012 12:47 AM

My horse has a small one too. Its like a little dent. lol My farrier told me it happens sometimes if their back hooves push against their necks in the womb. He also told me its a sign of good luck! =)

DancingArabian 07-13-2012 12:51 AM

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Some kind of deformity in the muscle maybe?

BubblesBlue 07-13-2012 12:53 AM

My horse has something similar to that because he had an incident where he accidentally put a bolt through his neck in a freak accident... So I assume it's just an injury that healed over.

HowClever 07-13-2012 02:50 AM

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Not an uncommon thing at all. It's called a "prophet's thumbprint" in my area. :) My Hugo has one...

calicokatt 07-13-2012 02:54 AM

I know one horse who had one from an old t-post accident, and another who has one from a bite. Not a big deal to either of them once it was healed.

Saddlebag 07-13-2012 10:25 AM

Common occurance which happens in utero. Haven't heard Prophet's Thumb until now but was told it was Parson's Thumb.My qh has the mark.

lilkitty90 07-13-2012 10:33 AM

my horse has a prophets thumb print on her ribs, its really neat. but i know of a big beefy gelding who has holes as big as my fist on both sides of his neck. i asked his owner about them and he said its from where he constantly scatches his neck on a T post and eventually killed the muscles there.

Prinella 07-13-2012 11:02 AM

Yup I'm going with prophets thumb. Looks similar to Ella's. Just another thing to make home special!
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