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Old 03-08-2008, 07:59 AM   #1
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Does anyone know what could be causing tiny hard lumps to have appeared on my mares body, the largest is around the size of a pea & quite hard, the others are not so big. They are all positioned in the saddle/rug area, none on her legs, head or hind quarters etc. I am in the process of washing all her underugs/numnahs in case it is a mite or something similar. Does anyone know what I could put on them to get rid of them?

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This is always a hard one. Could be many things.
Usually an insect bite but seeing it is under her rug area not so likely or some other type of allergy.
Have you washed your gear lately with a new detergent? Have you changed her feed recently? Are there any new weeds/grasses popping up in her yard/paddock. I would go out and buy a product for sensitive skin types, can't remember the name of the one I use or alternatively wash her in pinetarsol, wash all her gear/rugs in a gentle laundry detergent. Your stockfeeders should have a range of shampoos that can be used for this purpose or even your local horse store. Pinetarsol is available from your chemist.

If she really seems irritated by it and is desperately scratching and seems distressed I would give your vet a call. She may need some type of antihistimine to help get rid of them.
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When was she last wormed with a mectin based wormer?
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I see these tiny hard lumps a lot in my clients. They are usually caused by an allergic reaction to something or an overload of collagen usually caused by excess protein in the diet. There isn't really that much you can do for them either unless you know what is causing the allergy.
I would reduce the protein in the diet and apply some sort of anti-inflammatory cream to the skin or a cream based on comfrey or calendula, chickweed & marshmallow. A lot of people get cortisone injected into the lumps which may make them disappear for a while but there is not a massive success rate with this as they often reappear.
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hmmmmm...over load of collagen... interesting.......
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:06 PM   #6
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When was she last wormed with a mectin based wormer?

she has been wormed twice in the last 3 months with a mectin based wormer?.....

We only really noticed the lumps since she has been clipped, which was about 5/6 weeks ago.

The only new feed which has been introduced in the last 3 months is Showtorque....could this possibly be a cause?? Other than that she gets chaff, 1 scoop pollard, handful garlic, small handful of celery seed & large handful of black sunflower seeds....anyone know if these feeds can cause these lumps?...(will try & post a pic on here later).

Thank you so much for all your advice.....xx
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She doesn't seem to be distressed by the lumps at all & doesn't itch them.
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Hard lumps in the saddle region could be "saddle acne". I've seen it before, had to be vigilant with washing the horse (not just hosing, but washing with shampoo so that the skin's pores didn't become clogged with sweat/dirt) and saddle cloths, this was in a stabled, rugged horse too. We ended up picking them out, then dressed with Betadine ointment daily until the holes healed over.

If its over the loin area as well, I'd suspect rain scald... has the horse had any time in the rain of late, without a rug on?

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the bumps sound like "urticaria" which are little bumps that appear from either a sensitivity to overload of protein or an allergy to something like a new detergent or shampoo. They are not usually sore or itchy, or cause the horse much pain, but they are difficult to get rid of.
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This sounds just like the little hard lump my horse has.
Thankfully it sits under her saddle blanket but not under the saddles itself.
Went it first developed it used to get a little irritated at times so I treated it with Domoso and it shrank condsiderably. Since then it's just remained a about the size of half a pea. It's hard but it doesn't seem to bother her.
A vet told me the only way to shift it is to try injecting it with cortisone and if that fails, cut it out.
So far I've just opted to leave it be.
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