Pics Added! Bump on croup between tail and high point???
My 6yo WBx gelding has been NQR under saddle since our last HT 2weeks ago, but does look sound on the lunge. Tonight, I was noticing that he has a firm lump on either side of his spine about halfway between the top of the tail and the high point of the croup. It's about a 4inch oval on both sides. It does not look like a hunter's bump (which I think is normally at the top of the croup). The lump is symmetric and feels like a muscle knot. He was licking and chewing as I tried to massage it. Has anyone ever had something similar? I plan to take him to the vet next week for some diagnostics when my work schedule allows.
Would love to see a picture. My 15 year old hunter had hard raised muscles in different place -- sort of vertically down from the top of croup to point of hip. He recently had SI injections and those muscles have become much softer.
Diagnosis from the vet: no lameness, just tight throughout his lumbar spine and some gluteal soreness. Muscle knots are probably from him trying to hold himself in a way to protect the lumbar area. 1 week of muscle relaxers, 2 weeks of bute, 1 week of rest and then some long and low work and see how he does.
Same exact location, same exact description and he also licks and chews when I moosh it. (ok massage, whatever).
Several years ago he had a pasture injury-a slip and fall and I simply can't recall if the lump happened then but I am betting it did.
Did your horse have any ill-effects? I know it developed somewhere between Labor Day weekend (have pics with no lump) and last week. The NQR-ness has been over the past 2 weeks. Vet agreed he's sound, but a bit braced and swinging wide in his hind end while tracking left.