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Old 04-11-2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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So, before Murray ODE, when it rained my horse broke out in a rash. It wasnt hot, it wasnt sore to touch. Just lumps and bumps all over him. Not like fly bites or mozzie bites because he would also have the lumps under his belly etc but he doesnt.

After spraying him down with water and an anti histomene (SP?) it went down and disapeared.

The lumps where where he would have got wet from the rain, then where the rain had trickled down his side and his bum.

They are on the side of his neck to the opposite side where his maine over hangs, his back, and his bum, and then where the water has trickled down the side. Nothing on his legs or under his belly or on his head. its really just where the rain lands on him.

I thought maybe a reaction to somthing I have used on him, but I havent used anything different apart from conditioner. But that was a good week before this. Then, again when i went to see him today, after a bit more rain, its back.

Im really stumped what it is.

Maybe somthing he ate in the paddock? A bite? It looks horrible, but hes not scratching it, hes not bothered by it, infact he was fine to ride.

Ive never seen it on him the 6 months ive had him


Does anyone have any ideas?
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:20 AM   #2
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A few years back my mare caught an airborne virus that had her covered in lumps. Lots of different sizes up to 2cm across.

Its a shame, I took photos at the time but I don't seem to have them anymore.

She was off colour for a couple of weeks but kept eating and drinking.
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Ill try get some photos over the weekend if its still inflamed.
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My Little Moose is the same he has a virus also snotty nose and a husky cough, today he is much better not so much discharge from his nose, but the lumps are similar to what you have described, my feeling is the weather as it is so humid and we have had heavy showers. His lumps are soft. He is eating and drinking better now will take some photos.
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My two 3yo tb's have both got this, or sounds very similar, the filly is much worse and it is getting worse, the lumps on both of them turned from bumps on thier necks / shoulders to dandruffy scabby, quite sore... it is worst on the top of thier crest under thier manes. Filly the other night was so upset with it she looked colicky, wouldnt eat, layed down next her feed, layed down flat out.... its really annoying them, poor kids. Both are on dexapent sp? But looks if thee is no improvement on monday i'll get my vet out. Fillys has spread so where the rain has run down her back legs the lumps are appearing... its quite weird. One of my yearlings had neck rash start but it went down in in one day with one shot of dex. Have got pics will post later.
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Milton, its nothing like that, not blistery or anything, and no signs of illness.

Im really starting to think its just a skin reaction to somthing.

Its settled back down now and pretty much gone again.
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Some years (depending on weather conditions) my horse will get little lumps on him and they might last 2 days. We have worked out its a reaction to something, just not sure what. Its always coming into spring so we know its to do with the grasses just havent worked out which one. He is never off colour or anything, but last year it didnt happen - we had a drought, this year it did and we have had plenty of rain and flowering pastures.
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One of my ponies gets this! We worked out many years ago he was allergic to sand flies! They are bites! And when he is in a prone area or weather we have to cover him up head to toe! The vet said we could give him quarterzone injections if it got bad enough!

It is worse in sandy areas and he gets so itchy he bites his legs etc and makes them bleed! He seems to not get it as much out in Beverley, Perth is so bad for him !

Hopes that's of some help!
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Yep I am not far from you Kylie and my TB gets these - as said they are bites. His legs, head, anything that is not rugged will cop them. I cover him up and spray him with Permoxin and that seems to help, as does stabling him earlier at night and keeping lights off.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:53 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone, he seems fine now.

I still dont think they would be fly bites, because of how the rash as come up.

If it was bites from flys or mozzies, then it would be more random.

The rash came up where he got wet from the rain, and then where it had trickled down his butt and down the side of the belly, came up all in a rash... almost like there was somthing in the rain?

We have millions of flys around in summer, and I got him when it was still very hot and lots of flys around, he was fine.

The rash seemed to only come up after it had rained.

I might be wrong, maybe there is a particular biting bug that comes out when its raining and attacks only wet skin? Rather unusuall though!

I do think maybe I didnt rinse the conditioner off enough and when it had rained maybe pushed the conditioner chemicals back onto his skin ??


Still a bit of a mystery!
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