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post #1 of 7 Old 06-24-2016, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all! This is my first post!

I noticed tonight, there was a lump on my girls jaw! I will attach some photo's...

The one lower down, closer to her lip has always been there,

But the upper one, the more obvious one, I just noticed it tonight!(buyt maybe it has been there for a while, I dont know, its just something I noticed tonight and I am trying not to panic!)

A couple of things: she is about 15 years old QH/TB, very much overweight(she has foundered before, but she is on a strict diet now and I am getting back into riding) . She just traveled about 500 miles to her new home here, she has been here barely under a week, so she is still settling in. She is eating, drinking, acting normal, etc. and it doesnt seem to bother her when I poke at it, etc.

Could this possibly be just fat?(she is overweight and a big girl to begin with) Do horses normally have a slight lump here to begin with? I am just thinking of the best possible situation. I am not able to travel to a vet at this time, as the closest one is 500+ miles away!

Thank you for your time... I googled "lump under horses jaw" and realizes this is a common thing, but different situations... sorry I am just panicking a little! I just dealt with another animal that had a tumor on its tail and I had to get it amputated, I just dont want to have to worry too much about this and wanted some opinions...
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-24-2016, 09:20 AM
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Do you know how to do "vitals"???

Temperature
Heart rate
Respiration rate

All things as a horse owner we should know and do when we suspect a problem.
Has this been your horse for any length of time?
Only you would know if this "lump" is normal for her and always been there or a recent development.
Some horses do have a lump here and some do not. Some larger, some smaller....
With your information that she was just brought to you from a 500 mile haul a week ago I would suspect she was introduced to some germs she is fighting off or trying to fight off.
Whether they continue to plague her and make her ill or not...well, time is going to tell that one.
Start taking her temp especially and if she has one treat it to make her comfortable, watch her closely and then make decisions on her care with that information.
A horse having a temperature is no different than a human...it is the bodies way of fighting off a "bug"...in the meantime though as the fight goes on you feel lousy.
This may be nothing or could be something...watch her closely for any more changes in appearance, appetite, disposition and anything out of her ordinary self...
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jmo...
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-24-2016, 12:37 PM
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The pictures wouldn't worry me at all, it IS normal.

BUT where you say you didn't notice it before, if that lump is getting larger or something it may be a worry. Hopefully it was just an oversight :)

I would quarantine her and monitor her/the lump just to be safe as she is new, but I'm sure everything's fine! You could definitely send those pictures to a vet and get an opinion without the visit.

(Monitor = vitals, behavior, etc, as well and feeling the lump (is it hard, painful, getting bigger?)
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-24-2016, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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I think its a Total over sight! I spent alot of time looking through pictures... Check out pictures from last year!

I dont seem to notice it in her 'earlier' photo's- but in the last 5 or 6 years, since she wasnt being ridden!

Thanks for your replies! I feel so much better now! BUT I feel so silly! I will still keep an eye on her just to be safe and get to doing those vitals!
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-24-2016, 10:14 PM
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Pretty girl!

I wouldn't be concerned if it's normal for her, it's a little "fleshier" than average, but if it's just her that's fine.

It CAN be an indicator of a problem so definitely good to check!
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Thank you for your fast replies, Yogiwick! She needs to lose a hundred pounds, or two, LOL, this summer. she is a pretty girl and she knows it! Thank you :) She is my girl. Can you believe she was a wild horse? I will definitely get it checked out at some point, it sucks not having a vet close by in times like these!
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