Location: Scars can cause lumps and bumps anywhere on your horse’s body.
What it is: A healed injury may leave behind a disorganized tissue called “scar tissue” when it heals. Scar bumps occurring over bones can be especially pronounced.
Look and feel: Scars typically feel somewhat hard and ropey. In most cases, they’re not sensitive to pressure. If you’re not sure about a bump,
consider shaving the hair so you can fully evaluate the skin underneath. You may see evidence of an old wound or even old suture tracks that’ll provide confirmation of a scar.
Should you worry: Know your horse’s scars. Old scars don’t usually cause problems. If a trainer or barn manager questions whether a bump is cause for concern (as in my scenario at the beginning of this article), it’ll help if you’re familiar with what’s normal for your horse.