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post #1 of 9 Old 10-05-2013, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Strange Swelling Around Throatlatch

So yesterday, I went out to visit my three year old filly at the place she is boarded. When I went out, my filly trotted right up to me like normal, but when I went to halter her, I noticed some strange swelling around her throatlatch. It was only on the sides of her face and did not come past her mandible line, but it did make the line less defined. It did not run under her throatlatch at all either.
Sadie was vaccinated against strangles on June 23rd and given her boosters 3.5 weeks later, so I really doubt that is what's going on (plus there has never been a case on that farm, or with any of the horses in her pen). Also her temperature, respiration rate, heart rate, capillary refill time were all completely normal range for her. She also didn't seem too uncomfortable, and there was no discharge from her nose, or eyes. Manure consistency is also completely normal.
Should I be running for the vet, or wait and see if symptoms worsen? Or is it more likely she just got her head caught in the fence being a curious baby? I'm going out to tpr her again today, and if the swelling is still there, I will get pictures of it.
Thanks everyone for the help!!
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-05-2013, 03:24 PM
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Definitely get the Vet, even though it sounds like a swollen injury. Vet's cannot suture after 12 hours, so she could have a scar.

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Corporal, there is not actual wound, so there is no need to get a vet to suture.
Edit: It's also very minor swelling, not hot, and even on both sides, but does not pass underneath.
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Good to know.

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My first thought is that it has something going on with her teeth - she's of an age where permanents are coming in. A discussion with the vet wouldn't hurt although it's likely nothing serious.
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post #6 of 9 Old 10-05-2013, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Very true Chevaux! I had her teeth done in June, but the age she is, they could use an update. When I went out today to check on her, the swelling was barely noticeable. I rode her lightly, and by the time I was done, it was pretty much gone. We'll see how she looks tomorrow, but I think I was just over reacting and jumping to conclusions. They did just get a new mineral block, and she was kind of obsessing over it, as the mineral at the new board place has a higher molasses content, so maybe that had a bit to do with it. Either way, she does look better. Thanks everyone for your thoughts!! I'll put another update tomorrow when I see her again.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-05-2013, 07:55 PM
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There is a swelling that occurs that is cosmetic but not harmful...several horses in our barn tend to get it and in the same area you are describing...for the life of me I can't remember now what they called it :). Still, it wouldn't hurt to have a vet out or mention it on your next vet visit. Even call your vet and see what they think on a quick consult.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-05-2013, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, just got off the phone with my vet, and he seems to think the same thing, it's either an erupting permanent tooth, or it could be from having too much of the mineral. He will be out Monday if the swelling isn't gone by then, but he's pretty confidant that it should be. Thanks again guys!
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-07-2013, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well, just thought I would post one more time here. I went out to see my horse yesterday, all the swelling was gone. When I went to catch her, I noticed a dental cap in the waterer, and since my horse is the only one young enough to be shedding baby teeth, it's got to be hers, that combined with the fact that the swelling is not completely gone. You definitely called it Chevaux!
Thanks for all your help guys!
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