Q I have a six-year old Welsh Cob driving pony. In the summer months
he developed quite a few hard lumps all over his body, which the
vet diagnosed as collagen lumps.
the colder weather, he has developed more. They continue to appear
and look unsightly. He is driven out regularly and they don't seem
to bother him. Can you suggest anything to get rid of these?
lumps you describe are quite common and often start during the summer
months when conditions are hotter and horses are more likely to
get allergic reactions. Such lumps are thought to be caused by allergic
reactions but no one really knows why such reaction occurs. They
may be started by fly bites or can be a reaction to something in
the food or natural proteins in the body.
As such lumps
appear it is possible to treat them with corticosteroids by injection
or topically with a cream but relief is often temporary. I suggest
you try anti-inflammatory creams from your vet or herbal creams
which may dampen any inflammatory reaction. DMSO ointment from your
vet may be particularly helpful.
above conventional treatment, I would suggest that you try to avoid
over-feeding with protein-rich food. I would also suggest you try
to boost your horse's liver and digestive function with suitable
herbal mixes which might for example contain dandelion and milk
thistle or Eclipta alba. Some
specific topical herbal mixes that are on the market may be best
of all. There are also a few herbal anti-inflammatory agents around
which can also improve coat condition and prevent the worst of such
Most of such
formulae are designed for treatment of sweet itch but could help
your problem. Herbs in such formulae may contain plants such as
nettles, dandelion, cleavers, cedrus deodara and turmeric.
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