Your Horse’s Lumps & Bumps

If your horse has a blem­ish or swelling, should you call the vet? Arm your­self with in­for­ma­tion to make the right choice.

Horse & Rider - - Contents - BY BARB CRABBE, DVM

Do you know which bumps and swellings re­quire a vet’s at­ten­tion? Here’s the call.

“Your horse is re­ally bumpy.”

It was a text mes­sage from a trainer I’d just left my 8-year-old mare with for a cou­ple of weeks of work. “I know,” I sighed to my­self. She’d in­cluded photos of the huge splint on her right-front leg and an old scar on her left-hind. “Don’t worry,” I texted back. “Those are both old, and nei­ther of them is a prob­lem.”

How did I know I didn’t need to rush out to the barn to have a look? Be­cause I know all of my horse’s lumps and bumps. Where they are, what caused them, and how long they’ve been around. But I also ap­pre­ci­ated this trainer’s con­sci­en­tious con­cern. It gave me con­fi­dence she was pay­ing at­ten­tion and would no­tice if my horse de­vel­oped a new mark that might be more wor­ri­some and need vet­eri­nary at­ten­tion.

How ob­ser­vant are you of your horses and their con­di­tion? Have you ever no­ticed a new bump when sad­dling and won­dered what it was—and if your horse needed vet­eri­nary at­ten­tion? I’d guess yes.

In this ar­ti­cle, I’ll give you a road map to the 10 most com­mon lumps or bumps you may no­tice on your horse—from the tip of his nose to the end of his toes. I’ll tell you what they are, how they look, and whether you should worry. But first, I’ll give you five ques­tions to ask your­self about the con­cern-caus­ing blem­ish.

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