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jchunterjumper 07-14-2009 02:02 PM

What is wrong with my horse's leg?? Pics comming tonight! I NEED HELP!
 
Hi,
I know that this is long, but I really need everyones help!!!!!! My horse has had a reacturring problem on both front legs, but manly her left. Here are the facts and things we have done
-Two years ago a small raised area was found on the back of her left leg. It looked like a bowed tendon, so the vet came out and looked at it. He said that it had nothing to do with her tendons or ligaments, and maybe that it was just an illergic reaction to a bug bite. He told me not to worry about it.
- The bump never fully went away, but almost
- Last fall the same thing happend again, but more extreme. Both of her front legs almost bubbled up and the hair and skin was comming off the raised areas. The vets came out and removed the hair and skin, washed it with some pink stuff and gave me a cream for the hair to grow back. They said that they really dont know what it was, but that hopefully it will go away, and you will not have to deal with it.
-This spring the same thing happend again. So I removed the hair and skin myself, washed it with iodine, and put the cream on. This time the hair grew back, but there were still a raised area on her left front leg.
-About 3 weeks ago the same thing happend. This time I put desitin on it (because i normally use desitin for scratches, and figured that if it was scratches that it would help, and if not atleast it would repel the flies)
- I also used a medicated shampoo that the vets use for fungus (It was called Malsab) That didnt seem to help.
- About a week ago I noticed that the hair was growing back really slowly on her left front. I also noticed a black spot on her skin. Now I am scared to death that my horse will not have hair on the front of her legs, or even worse, if she gets a black spot on her white legs!!!!!!

I really need everyones help! What should I do? Does this sound familiar? Please tell me any information that you can and I can further reseach it. I really have no idea what to do. Pictures are comming tonight, I really hope that everyone can help me!!!!

jchunterjumper 07-14-2009 07:02 PM

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I really hope that you guys can see those!! PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU CANNOT!

Catalyst 07-14-2009 07:27 PM

We cannot see documents from your computer even if you link them here. Use a imaging hosting site such a photobucket, flickr, etc to upload your photos so you can post them here.

Call your vet out again, or perhaps find a second opinion with another vet. Have tests run, blood drawn, etc to try and find the cause of all of this.

jchunterjumper 07-14-2009 07:31 PM

This is the black spot on her skin. left front
http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._6962358_a.jpg

These next two is her left leg with the raised area

http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._2091226_a.jpg

http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._3394517_a.jpg

And this one is her right front leg with her raw skin. This leg is what the left leg looked like before the black spot appeared.

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._2929578_a.jpg

Please tell me what you think!!!!

masatisan 07-14-2009 07:38 PM

Has she been tested for allergies?

LiveToJump 07-14-2009 07:42 PM

If I were you, I would call out a second Vet in your area for a second opinion. Get some input from other horse-people in your area if you can and find out who the recommended vet is. I would also have blood drawn. If its been an issue for two years now, a reoccurring one, I'd want to find out why.

BurningAmber520 07-14-2009 07:57 PM

hmmm that leg doesn't look so good does it? I would definatly get a second opinion especially if the first vet is just shrugging it off and not really doing anything, you need to get blood drawn and get her tested for allergies. Good luck

jchunterjumper 07-14-2009 08:15 PM

She has not be tested for allergies. When you mean allergies, is it like what people get with the pollin, or like an allergic reaction? I also forgot to mention that wrapping it and stuff after my lesson seams to make it a little more raised.

BurningAmber520 07-14-2009 08:27 PM

Probably because the friction from the wrap is irritating the skin. Horses can get skin allergies just like people can. It can be caused by a number of things like the season, the weather, something seasonal that shes eating etc. Theres a seasonal plant that comes out in early summer around here that causes my friends gelding to break out in hives if he eats it, but it doesn't bother any of the other horses, he just has a particular allergy to it. Are there any creams, sprays, wraps etc. that you use seasonally around the time this seems to happen. Definatly get blood taken and a second opinion, your first vet doesn't seem very helpful or competant to me. Good luck

jchunterjumper 07-14-2009 08:43 PM

yeah i guess i will have the vet come out next week ( I leave for a show on thurs). I will probibly just have another vet from the same clinic come out. I love my vets there. but does anyone have any other suggestion of other skin conditions?


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