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post #1 of 7 Old 05-19-2014, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Strange Spots

One of our horses has gotten those dots on the inside of his front leg, and I need help trying to identify what these are. Our horses live outside, and the weather has been relatively cool(0-15 celcius). Flies have started to come out but no other bugs like mosquitoes etc have yet appeared. The grass is only fetlock high. Fresh grass is the main thing they have access to.

Has anyone ever seen these bumps? or might have an idea of what they might be?

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-19-2014, 01:33 AM
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Bot fly eggs perhaps?
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-19-2014, 01:40 AM
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Does not look like bot fly eggs but does look like some sort of bug bite. Maybe try wiping a repellant in that area?
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-19-2014, 01:58 AM
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The first thing I thought of when I saw the pics was warts or fungus. I also thought, given the way the spots are clumped, that it was an allergic reaction to something that brushed up against that area - I know you said the grass was still short but are there any other plants in the pasture that are higher?

I suppose the only way to know for sure is to have a culture done. If you go that route, please let us know the outcome.

Good luck and I hope it's something minor.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-19-2014, 09:28 AM
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Has the hair turned white or is the hair missing?

If it's hair, they may be bird catcher spots.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-19-2014, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate all the input you guys posted. There is actually no hair loss there. He was clipped a few months so it might be in the picture his thin coat looks like there is a lack of hair? Our mare who lives in the same paddock as him, doesn't have them, so it's a very good suggestion that he might be more sensitive to something. Birdcatchers sounded like it could be it, but after reading about it, his spots seem much smaller than what birdcatchers spots come up as.
They both get bathed in bug spray as is, but maybe it's time to consider an alternate route because if its bug causing this to him, I need to do something else! Thanks so much for all the input so far everyone. Some really great suggestions.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-19-2014, 03:02 PM
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They look like warts or skin tags to me. Skin tags are pretty common in the armpit area (in both humans and horses actually!)
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