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Old 28-11-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
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I noticed this morning that my mare has a lump under her belly just forward of her udder. Early this morning it was the size of a 20 cent piece, by lunch time it was about 3 inches accross and it hasn't gotten any bigger. When you look at her side on it hangs down about half an inch. She also had a couple of other lumps that looked like mozzie bites on her shoulder and flank but they went down very quickly. It is not sore to touch. Could this be another insect bite or something more serious?

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Old 28-11-2007, 07:19 PM   #2
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It sounds like it could be a bite, but I would keep and eye on it and if it hasn't gone down in a few days it would pay to get it checked.
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Both my horses have one each of those in same location as your horse as well, but they are reducing in size so must be bites! This is added to my poor arab who has a couple of dodgy lumps as i mention in my other post!
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If it's still there tomorrow, she's not uncomfortable and your careful not to get kicked, press your thumb into it to check if a depression is left behind. If there is it indicates that there could be fluid under the skin which is commonly called edema(sp). Usually it's found along the belly or in the legs as the fluid naturally finds the lowest point. If it is harder then that it may be a bite
What causes it IF that is a edema?
It may be a irritation or infection somewhere in the horses body area, or an allergy to feed or something, or even a sign of a sand burden or a virus, so keep a close eye on it and if you are worried because there's no improvement don't hesitate to call the vet.
We have a 32yo horse here with a permanent edema that can not be pin pointed unless he gets a belly tap (A procedure where a biopsy needle is inserted into the belly to see if there is a problem with the digestive system of the horse, but the owners opted not to do this due to age and the quite high risk of further infection after talking at length with the vet) The horse has been fine like this for more then six months with no improvement or deterioration.
It may be an impact injury (in which case it may be a hematoma which is blood filled and if it continues to fill with blood and get bigger, it may need to be drained or it could harden and become permanent)
Either way if it was my horse and I was worried, I would think a vet is the best idea.
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Old 29-11-2007, 07:16 AM   #5
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Thanks somuch guys. I had a really good look and feel of the lump. It does feel hard, but did leave an impression when I pushed into it. The mare was totally unconcerned with me touching it. It does seem to have reduced in size, so I will just keep a very close eye on it for now.
We have had a lot of flies lately and they do seem to bother her. Other than that her nothing has changed for her lately. If it hasn't disappeared in a couple of days I will get the vet to check her.

Thanks again, your help is very much appreciated!
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