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[RC] Allergy Bumps? - Lisa


My friend Suzi's 8 yo Arab mare is having significant problems with
bumps that appear pretty much everywhere but on her legs.  They are
dime-sized, hard and itchy, and will eventually seep if not treated.
There is no hair loss.  Though it's rare, the mare has become lethargic
and off her feed when she has the bumps.  The bumps first occurred late
last fall, and then again early this summer.  Both times they were
treated with a couple of different steroids -- In the fall the bumps
disappeared but back they came in the summer, though this time with the
same treatment the bumps didn't quite disappear; and now they are
creeping back, even with the meds.  Suzi doesn't wish to use the
steroids long-term since they can cause founder, plus it seems their
effectiveness is lessening.

Our understanding is allergy testing via blood or skin can be inaccurate
(false negatives/positives).  Has anyone ever done allergy testing on
their horse and was it effective?  Do the bumps sound like they may be
coming from some other source?  Suzi is feeding the same hay and using
the same fly spray, so doesn't seem like it might be a food source?

ANY IDEAS OR FEEDBACK MOST WELCOME!  Please reply to me directly as Suzi
does not have email.

Thank you!

Lisa Douglass
Moss Rock Endurance
US Distributor, Free 'n' Easy Saddles
Dealer, Specialized Saddles


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