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post #1 of 8 Old 07-07-2020, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Lump on neck.

Found some lumps on my horse’s neck this morning.

Not under the jawline or near the throatlatch. About midway down. Three of them, one slightly smaller than my fist, the others smaller.

They are firm to the touch, and don’t seem to be painful. I manipulated them wit no issues. This horse Is not shy about telling me if she doesn’t like something. Doesn’t interfere with eating or drinking.

Google wasn’t much help.

The horses do fight from time to time. If found bumps similar to this on hindquarters, apparently results of being kicked. Since there are three, I’m skeptical of a kick.

I put some absorbine lineament on them and turned her back out.

Wonder if anyone here has seen this before?

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-08-2020, 12:55 AM
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Did you try scratching them to see if she was like "OH, that's the spot!" because my first suspect with a knot or lump is some kind of an insect bite. If it's not itchy then it could be a bunch of things, bit by your other horse, allergic reaction, rubbed it too hard on something and caused a hematoma, etc. Those are one of those things that if the horse is acting normal I take a wait for a couple of days and watch it closely approach.

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-08-2020, 02:40 AM
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That almost looks like an allergic reaction to an insect bite of some kind. Could be wrong. But cold hosing the area a couple times a day for 10 minutes or so should bring down the swelling.
Any chance of it being a snake bite? Is the horse running a fever?
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-08-2020, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks folks. Like @JCnGrace , I tend to be in the keep an eye on it camp. Up by the jawline, I would have been on the line with the vet.

Neither of the two venomous snakes I’m aware of in this area are likely candidates for a bite in that area. The Philippine green viper is a small, arboreal snake, more likely to try to escape than bite. The venom is comparable to an American copperhead. The Philippine cobra is reputed to be one of the three deadliest snakes in the world. But it is not particularly aggressive, and seems to prefer spitting to biting.

By this afternoon, the lumps were noticeably smaller. Still no pain that I could tell.

One of those mysteries of keeping horses in a big pasture.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-08-2020, 09:33 PM
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Insect bite of some sort. We live next door to thick an occupied forest, all sorts of biting bugs there. Humans and horses will get lumps like that.

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Looked like a reaction to bug bites or a spider bites.
Especially with it going down so much in a 12 - 24 hours of time..

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-12-2020, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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After the swelling went down, there were a bunch of little bite marks. Maybe 8 or 10 of them. My suspicion is ants. We have a species here that cuts leaves to make their nests in trees. Local folks eat the larvae. But you walk near that tree at your own risk. Both the tree and the ground near it are typically covered with those ants.

They are ferocious. If you find one on you, there are likely six or a dozen also on you. The only thing to do is strip down to the skin, kill all you find on your body, then beat your clothes against a rock or something to dislodge the ones in there. They bite hard. Even if one is on your foot, it will raise its butt and both hind legs in the air, and start drilling for your heart.

Pinatubo likely brushed a tree branch with some of those ants on it.

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