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post #1 of 21 Old 01-12-2020, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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What is this lump?

My gelding suddenly developed a weird lump on his right side below his hip. He does not seem bothered by it at all. When I palpate it, it feels kind of hard. I don’t see any broken skin or signs of trauma. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-12-2020, 09:18 PM
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bug bite?
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-12-2020, 11:08 PM
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If it appeared suddenly it could be:

Allergic reaction to a tick bite.
Spider bite.
Any type of biting bug.
Warble, if the horse is in an area where there are cattle or sheep.

If the size stays the same or gets bigger, you might have the vet look at it. If it is a warble (grub) the vet can remove it.
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-13-2020, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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If it appeared suddenly it could be:

Allergic reaction to a tick bite.
Spider bite.
Any type of biting bug.
Warble, if the horse is in an area where there are cattle or sheep.

If the size stays the same or gets bigger, you might have the vet look at it. If it is a warble (grub) the vet can remove it.
Oh my gosh YES there are several cattle farms nearby! There is one directly across the road from the farm where our horses are boarded. I believe the vet is coming this week for another boarder’s horse so I will have him get a look at the lump and remove the warble(s). Sounds like it will be gross to watch. Yuck!
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Oh my gosh YES there are several cattle farms nearby! There is one directly across the road from the farm where our horses are boarded. I believe the vet is coming this week for another boarderís horse so I will have him get a look at the lump and remove the warble(s). Sounds like it will be gross to watch. Yuck!
Donít panic yet but itís great the vet is coming to the barn anyway. Make sure your horse gets an appointment ahead of time:)

Reaction to tick bites can get that big on some horses and they do get hard. They will generally seep, however.

Iíve also seen spider bites get that hard but not that big. Some types of spider bites will cause the skin to peel back in layers.

Both of these bites will itch, causing the horse to rub or bite the spot a lot.

I have only seen a few warbles. The horses did not seem bothered by them and left them alone, but they do need removed if thatís what youíre dealing with:)
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-13-2020, 12:50 PM
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Were it one of mine, I'd wonder if it's an abscess. Horses can pick up a splinter or a locust thorn, just the craziest things... and the skin heal up before you see the entry spot... then it abscesses. They're usually hot from fever in the area, and tender... usually need to be lanced and drained.


Also: Subbing to see what Vet says.
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I had the barn owner look at my horse. I figured he's been in the horse business for 40+ years so he had probably seen something similar at some point. But nope...he was baffled. He said he has never seen anything like it. The vet is coming out on Thursday afternoon, so I will let you all know what he has to say.
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Modern workers would kill a warble before it reached the skin.

I have seen many warbles, mostly in cattle, but always on the upper some of the host.

When the lump gets as big as your looks, there will be a small partially formed scab in the centre of the lump signifying it is ready to burst out.

Now the gross part is, if you pick that scab off you will see two eyes looking at you. Squeeze and the grub will pop out. They can be quite big!

I remember a friend getting some cattle from Ireland, about three months after arriving they developed lumps along their backs. I knew what it was but owner said it was an allergic reaction to something they had eaten. Got them into the pen and crush and proved him wrong. Best part was the children watching were all saying how gross, but days later were wanting to get them out.

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I've unfortunately dealt with warbles(we just cattle them cattle grubs round here) on Mocha over the past few years. My vet recommended Ivermectin at regular intervals to get rid of them. I also check for eggs when I go out to feed. Catching them before the eggs hatch is the best, they look kind of like bot eggs and tend to be on the lower leg, but every once in awhile I miss one and get a grub. At least in our case here they tend to like her under belly and throat latch area. Never had them get that as big as the bump the OP posted or in that location though and like @Foxhunter said they have a scab in the middle.
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Modern workers would kill a warble before it reached the skin.

I have seen many warbles, mostly in cattle, but always on the upper some of the host.

When the lump gets as big as your looks, there will be a small partially formed scab in the centre of the lump signifying it is ready to burst out.

Now the gross part is, if you pick that scab off you will see two eyes looking at you. Squeeze and the grub will pop out. They can be quite big!

I remember a friend getting some cattle from Ireland, about three months after arriving they developed lumps along their backs. I knew what it was but owner said it was an allergic reaction to something they had eaten. Got them into the pen and crush and proved him wrong. Best part was the children watching were all saying how gross, but days later were wanting to get them out.

Dr Pimple Popper eat your heart out!
I was actually going to ask about wormers. I worm my horses regularly. The most recent deworming was administered on January 2nd with moxidectin (Quest gel, to be specific). So you would think that a horse on a regular deworming program would not be susceptible to a warble, right?
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