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.
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.