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post #11 of 13 Old 08-14-2012, 03:48 PM
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LOL! I have goats (ABGA breeder) and a few of my 'pet goats' do the craziest things so that made me laugh because I can relate!

I keep thinking that maybe it is a foreign body of some sort - if it was my horse and I felt and knew for sure there was a knot there (you can move it around under the skin) I'd lance it and take it out and then keep the wound clean and draining with betadine solution until it heals from the inside out (no riding until then). If it was a cuterebra (fly larvae) then you have to be more careful since lancing those has a nasty potential to cause a nasty histamine response.

Or wait and see if the lump is still hard and is still there in two weeks, and you know for sure that it is a foreign body and not just a swelling/inflammation tissue response to something else, then it is time to get it out because it obviously will just sit there and cause issues.

You can still flush with betadine even now, and just keep it clear from flies. Pigeon Fever is rampaging here right now - the vetschool is seeing several cases a day - all due to flies finding an open wound....BLAH!!

good luck! No fun dealing with boo boos - especially on the girth/saddle area when it keeps you from riding!
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-14-2012, 04:26 PM
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yep, they are right by the elbow

Originally Posted by Thunder Struck View Post
now here is a photo i took today, you can see precisely where the bump is located with the yellow drawing ointment. generally, arent shoeboils located on the elbow though? and this one is reasonably small, and hard, and doesnt appear to be growing at all.

Now that I can see where it is it I don't think its a shoe boil. I personally am a picker and probably wouldn't be able to resist poking around with my finger to see if something is in there or if there is a pocket of infection or something.

Haha, your goat...how funny :P
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-14-2012, 04:40 PM
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I also wonder if perhaps he got a foreign body in there somewhere. My horse had one of those, about pea sized, come up in the same location as Jodi's horse did. I noticed it one day when the farrier was there. I felt around on it and squeezed a bit and Dobe wasn't too bothered so I went ahead and squeezed on it a little harder. Sure enough, it popped like a pimple and there was a barb off of a sticker mixed in with what came out. I squeezed out everything I could get, much like you would do with a pimple, and it went away and never came back.

If you do that, though, you'll want to make sure and clean the area very well afterward with alcohol and/or antibacterial soap.
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