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post #1 of 14 Old 10-05-2016, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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(PIC) Not sure what these bumps are

Hey,

My colt has these two bumps on his back, he's had them since last Monday. I'm new to horses so I'm not exactly sure what they are. I've rode him bareback only since then and it doesn't seem to bug him. I thought maybe it was the saddle but they haven't shrunk/gone away yet. They are over his spine.

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-05-2016, 12:15 PM
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Have you called your vet to get them checked? Any sign of soreness or pain when you press on them? Has he been rolling and perhaps rolled on some rocks or something hard?
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The bump in the black area appears to be soft, which makes me think They could be spider bites if he rolled where one was hanging out. Or he could have been bit by one of those huge black horse flies and had a reaction.

This is where you can gain some more horse experience by taking his temperature.

1. Use a human rectal thermometer thickly slathered in Vaseline, A&D Ointment, or hemorrhoid ointment.

The normal temp runs between 99 - 101. This way, if those don't start going down by this coming Monday (a week is enough time to see some change for the good), when text a picture to the vet you can also tell them what his temperature has been running on a daily basis.

It may take two people to take his temperature and you have to be extremely careful to not get the thermometer too far in his rectum.

They make digital thermometers but those are more costly if money is tight:)

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Have you called your vet to get them checked? Any sign of soreness or pain when you press on them? Has he been rolling and perhaps rolled on some rocks or something hard?
No soreness or pain. He never roles, sometimes he lays down but his stall is soft for the most part
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The bump in the black area appears to be soft, which makes me think They could be spider bites if he rolled where one was hanging out. Or he could have been bit by one of those huge black horse flies and had a reaction.

This is where you can gain some more horse experience by taking his temperature.

1. Use a human rectal thermometer thickly slathered in Vaseline, A&D Ointment, or hemorrhoid ointment.

The normal temp runs between 99 - 101. This way, if those don't start going down by this coming Monday (a week is enough time to see some change for the good), when text a picture to the vet you can also tell them what his temperature has been running on a daily basis.

It may take two people to take his temperature and you have to be extremely careful to not get the thermometer too far in his rectum.

They make digital thermometers but those are more costly if money is tight:)
Yeah they are soft but not squishy or hard. There are no spiders in his stall, He has had a lot of flies around him due to eye allergies but they are the common looking flies?
I bought a horse first aid kit it has a little thermeter. I can take his temperature, and let you know what it is..thank you!
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Ok his temp is 100.3 so normal
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-05-2016, 12:56 PM
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That is great news:)

1. You might take his temp once. Day at the same time, and record it. That way, if those lumps don't start going down by next Monday you have something to tell the vet. Because I would call the vet by then.

It goes without saying if the horse has a change in attitude (listless or excitable) and his mature consistency changes or he is leaving enough piles, I would call the vet sooner.

2. check to be sure he isn't developing bumps in other places and also check his hooves for excessive heat.

2.1. Are his shavings bagged or raw from a lumber mill? If they are not kiln dried, there's also the chance something was in the shavings that he reacted to or was alive and bit him.

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-05-2016, 03:55 PM
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How old is he and what is his breed, breeding?

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-06-2016, 02:31 AM
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Looks to me very much like warble flip strike. Don't see it very often nowadays as most cattle are treated against it.

The fly lays its eggs and the animal ingests it. The egg hatches and then migrates its way to the top where it waits until it finishes growing and then comes out of the skin to start the cycle again.


Part the hair in the centre of the lump, often you will see a circular scab, you can pick this off and if it is a warble you will see a pair of eyes looking at you! You can them squeeze to pop it out. These are big, like a small caterpillar, all quite gruesome.

You do not want to put any pressure on these because if it is a warble the last thing you want to do is kill it under he skin.

I haven't seen warbles in many years, last time it was on some cattle imported from Eire (back in the 70s) I would get them into the crush and do as above. The children around were revolted but after a couple of times they were all longing to have a go!
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-06-2016, 05:08 AM
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Hey, a couple of months ago my mare had a lump like that on her thigh,it was huge and squishy and warm to touch.
Turns out she was stung by a wasp! There were a few that kept flying in and out of her stable so we figure she annoyed one or lay on it or whatever!
It went down after about a fortnight,we just put sudocrem on it and cleaned it regularly.
All cleared up now:)
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