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post #1 of 6 Old 05-30-2012, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Two swollen lumps on girth line!

I just got a new warmblood x 11yr old gelding and have been riding consistently in my Antares jump saddle for about 3 weeks with zero problems. Yesterday, in preparation for an upcoming 3-phase event, I rode in my friends synthetic leather dressage saddle and neoprene girth. The ride went fine and I untacked and put the horse away. I was planning on riding today and giving him a long bath so didnt worry about getting him super clean after the ride yesterday. When I showed up at the barn today, he had two lumps right on the girth line on his belly, one was really large and the other was significantly smaller, but still noticeable. I have never seen this is 10 years of riding and I am VERY concerned about it. I assume it had something to do with either an ill fitting saddle or girth or some weird reaction to neoprene? I am NOT a dressage rider and this was the first time I had ever ridden in a dressage saddle as I was solely a jumper and just got into eventing. I potentially could have had the girth too tight or not in the right place?

The lumps are not rock hard but they are not squishy either. They are not hot and are not really sensitive to the touch-if I press very hard he sucks up a little but he would do that if there was nothing there as well. I took him to the round pen to see him move and he showed no signs of being lame or having any pain at all. Can ANYONE help me figure this out? If the lumps dont go down in a few days or are bigger tomorrow the vet will be called. (On a side note before I got him he was neglected and left in a stall for 8 months which is why he has scratches and cuts all over so he is being well taken care of now but prior to the few weeks I have had him he was a mess) THANK YOU !!! b.jpg



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post #2 of 6 Old 05-30-2012, 03:34 AM
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There's a few things I can guess at. PLEASE do not panic.

1. Melanomas
2. Pigeon fever
3. Allergic reaction
4. Knot in muscle
5. Mosquito bite

Sorry I can't be more helpful.. is there a way to take better pictures? I was having a bit of trouble seeing them. I don't know if the girth would cause it though... it doesn't look like a saddle sore.

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My guess is that the neoprene girth caused that as it appeared over night after using the girth. If the girth is too tight & the saddle is quickly removed after riding the blood & other body fluids will rush back into the area that was compressed (rebound edema) & can cause the swelling. Same concept as why we should slowly loosen girths after long rides to prevent the back from swelling.
If this is what happened there are a couple of things you could try to dissipate the collected fluid as if left alone it will take a while to leave on it's own due to the location.
1. Epsom salt poultice to try to draw out the fluid
2. Resaddle the horse (if not painful) with a soft girth cover on, snug only, not tight enough that you would ride with. Leave saddled a while then slowly loosen a tiny bit at a time. This should help push out the extra fluid & allow only slow filling.

Don't feel bad, many people make this mistake when first using neoprene as it never 'seems' tight enough so we over do it. Ask how I know this!
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Hi, I know this was posted years ago but it popped up on a Google search. What was the outcome? My gelding has exactly the same thing and the vet doesn't know what it is. Thank you.
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Hi, I know this was posted years ago but it popped up on a Google search. What was the outcome? My gelding has exactly the same thing and the vet doesn't know what it is. Thank you.
Did it appear after using a different girth than you normally use?

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This thread is several years old and the OP is no longer active therefor this thread will be closed

@melsmel Horseforum team would like to suggest you open a new thread asking about thoughts on the use of Neoprine girths. We believe you will receive a higher number of responses that way.
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