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Disclaimer:wink:: I'm calling the vet Monday morning. They only take emergency calls on the weekends, and this... well, is not an emergency.

This evening when I was feeding I noticed a fairly large bump/lump on the right side of my gelding's back near his wither. It's right off to the side of his back bone. It's hard and doesn't seem to bother him too much, although he did pin his ears once when I pushed on it, but they could've been because he was annoyed because he was trying to eat.

When he moves his neck certain ways it's not visible, which leads me to believe it's muscle related. But that's just my best guess.

He was out in the snow yesterday for about 1/2 an hour while I mucked stalls... maybe he slipped and strained something out there?

Any ideas? Sorry my description wasn't that great...

ETA: It's not from my saddle as I haven't ridden in about 2 weeks because of the weather. I do have a show next Saturday though... I see a scratch in my future.
 

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I don't think it was a kick - he's in the field with my older mare and yearling. He's the dominant horse out there, so the mare leaves him alone. The yearling is his buddy but I don't think she could have landed a kick in that area.

He's had his blanket on for a while, but I check underneath it everyday. I undo the leg straps and belly straps and fold the blanket up to the shoulder area... so he could've done this a few days ago and I just didn't see it :(

I'm hoping he just strained something when he out in the snow (they did alot of running) and a few weeks of rest will let it heal...
 

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Could it be a bite? Maybe they were horsing around and he got bit pretty good and it swelled up?
 
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