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Why my horse will wear a flymask this summer

This is my beautiful boy DJ and his not so beautiful lump. 

Towards the end of summer last year DJ developed a runny eye.  Just watery, no pus, not excessive, just enough to know something was wrong. And the lump. I treated him with antibiotics and hot compresses thinking it was an infection or a chalazion (~stye). Didnt work. Treating eyes can be fun when they dont want you there, so we had to do some positive reinforcement training to get him to like it. He then didnt mind having the eye worked on, but the lump and discharge were still there

Horses can also get issues with their tear ducts and tumors, so i sedated him to have a better look. ( I am a vet too!!) 

The lump felt like a little rock. I made a small incision over it and removed a yellowish brown crumbly stone like thing.  Healed well and he is now back to normal. Well, his eye is back to normal but the rest of that is another story.

The material that came out was firm and crumbly. I tried to get cytology on it but couldnt get a disgnostic smaple.

It is highly possible that it was a granuloma from Habronema

Habronema is a stomach worm. The life cycle is to the right. The larvae are laid usually around the face so they will be slurped up and head to the stomach. If the skin is damaged they can cause lesions there. 

I do fecal egg counts on my horses and deworm when needed, use fly sheets, fly spray, and sometimes a flymask. The flymask always doesnt get put on and sometimes he takes it off.

Flys come from all around and though I try to control them, ya just cant do everything. What I can do is try a different flymask. This year I am going to try the Harrys Horse lycra flymask and see if it stays on better than the ones with velcro. I cant see how it can come off. And we have been working around his face so much I cant see it being a problem putting on.

Jul 20, 2023

Equestrian Lifestyle

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Jun 13, 2019

Tankless Water Heaters


Tankless Water Heaters by Eccotemp. Avoid the chill from water straight out of the hose. Give your horse a nice comfortable warm bath. L5, L7 & L10 Canadian

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Jan 07, 2019



horsepal : The Horsepal App & Sensor by Horseware Ireland offers new technology in equine healthcare. Track your horse’s temperature & humidity with Horsepal.

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May 05, 2017

equestrian lifestyle


Equestrian Lifestyle Clothing and accessories. Life is better at the barn.

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May 06, 2015

Stirrup Irons


Stirrup Irons, English, Tech stirrups

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Mar 17, 2015

Horse Inspired Clothing


Horse Inspired Clothing; Clothing inspired by the horses we love. Kathryn Lily, Canada, socks, shirts hats and scarves

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Feb 23, 2015

Horse Accessories


Horse Accessories. Accessorize you life with Horse related items; backpack, watches, bling spur straps, equi cool down

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Feb 17, 2015

Sleazy Sleepwear


Sleazy Sleepwear, fun functional apparel for horses. Horse hood trains the mane. Jammies Designer Hoods also available. Canadian Online Tack Shop

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Jul 30, 2014

Equestrian Jewelry

luvinspired equestrian stirrup horse jewelry canada

Equestrian Jewelry. Featuring Luv Inspired Equestrian jewelry, equestrian Infinite Luck, bridle charms, horse breed pendants and more!

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Oct 22, 2009



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