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So, I’m pretty sure my horse has a hematoma on her chest. Typical hematoma symptoms: came out Thursday, everything was perfect, came back out Friday and found she had a large lump, about baseball size swollen out about an inch, on the right side of her chest. I ran cold water on it for a few minutes. The lump was soft, slightly warm, and my mare didn’t seem to mind having it poked.
Went back out to check on it a few times and today, two days later, the lump seems a little smaller, but the swelling has also spread to the other side of her chest a little bit.
She lives in a pasture with six other mares, so, it wouldn’t be unreasonable that she was kicked, so, I’m pretty sure it’s a hematoma, but any other thoughts?
Any ideas on how to heal it? I know hematomas are slow healing, but I want it to heal with at little long-term effects as possible.
P.S. – I don’t want to have it drained. It does not effect her ability to move at all and does not cause any pain, it seems. I’d rather not risk an infection for something not causing her any issues. It’s more cosmetic, than anything. (:
I just posted about this, only my horse had a hematoma and a spider bite. so it was a combination.
so anywho, my vet told us to cold hose once a day for 15-20 minutes and hand walk/lunge.
Cold hosing and excersizing is the best for these.
just remember it can take weeks to months for it to completely go away and they tend to get larger(spread out) while healing.
"Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
"Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
Not sure what part of the country you are in, but you might call your vet’s office & see if they are seeing any Dry Land Strangles (also called Pigeon Fever). No need to be alarmed-but it would be worth a call to the vet. 😉
Thanks for the comments!
I’m in Wisconsin and she just finished a course of antibiotics for a prior respiratory infection, so I doubt she has Pigeon Fever but I will give my vet a call.
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