Tak­ing Notes

Horse & Rider - - Ride & Train -

If you no­tice a lump or bump on your horse, there are five im­por­tant ques­tions to an­swer be­fore you call your vet. With these an­swers avail­able, your vet will have the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion to help you de­cide if you should worry.

Ques­tion #1: Where’s the lump lo­cated? As with most things, lo­ca­tion mat­ters. Try to de­scribe as ac­cu­rately as pos­si­ble where the lump is on your horse’s body.

Ques­tion #2: How long has it been there? This one’s sim­ple. A new lump or bump is much more likely to be a prob­lem than one that’s been there for­ever—es­pe­cially if the old lump has never caused a prob­lem in the past. Care­fully ex­am­ine your horse ev­ery time you groom him, and be fa­mil­iar with his nor­mal pre­sen­ta­tion.

Ques­tion #3: What’s its con­sis­tency? Gen­tly squeeze or ap­ply pres­sure on ev­ery lump you see. Tell your vet if it feels hard and bony or soft and squishy.

Ques­tion #4: Is it painful when you touch it or ap­ply pres­sure with your fin­gers? A painful lump is more likely to be a prob­lem than one that doesn’t elicit a pain re­sponse.

Ques­tion #5: If it’s on your horse’s leg, is he lame? Put him on the longe line and watch him jog. If he’s lame on the leg where a new lump sur­faced, chances are it’s sig­nif­i­cant and should be ex­am­ined.

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