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Amy Y. Nelson
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Username: Taxiridr

Post Number: 8
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, Jan 9, 2004 - 8:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi! I have a question, perhaps you can recommend some reading. I have a 12 year old TB mare who used to race when she was young. I bought her as sort of a rescue project from a guy who had too many horses on too little acreage. I have had her for a little over a year, she has gained healthy weight but I have not yet started really working her. When it is hot or even if she works out on her own in the pasture, a little spot about the size of my hand will sweat on the base of her neck, sort of between the shot triangle and the shoulder, right side only. The hair is lighter in this spot. What kind of problem could this be?
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Jerre R
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Post Number: 81
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Friday, Jan 9, 2004 - 8:59 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Amy, this is only anecdotal, but an Arabian I had would sweat in a similar spot, just in front of the withers, a spot about 2 inches wide and 4 inches long, on one side only. This horse had had several full-body wrecks -- falling over a log, falling and rolling while bolting with a rider, etc. (you'll be happy to know that with considerate retraining he became a very athletic, smart and useful horse -- not at all dangerous, altho he had been sold as a killer.)

Anyway, the vet said the sweat spot had no significance, but it completely disappeared after a chiropractic adjustment. The chirpractor was called for other problems this horse had, due, we thought, to his crashes. His movement was also greatly improved.

We thought maybe it was at the point where a muscle attached, and when the knots in the muscle were released, the sweating went away. In any case, the spot had been consistent and then totally disappeared.

So, for what it's worth -- and it's not at all scientific -- that was my experience.

Good luck,
Jerre
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Amy Y. Nelson
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Posted on Saturday, Jan 10, 2004 - 9:33 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks a lot Jerre! Your Arabian must have kept you busy for a while! I often think really smart, bored horses get mislabeled as dangerous. As for my mare, I can't wait to start to work her, she is very bold - chases cats! I will check into a chiropractor. I know nothing about her history, but she raced and later jumped - either may not have been the best for body.
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Saturday, Jan 10, 2004 - 11:56 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Sometimes a horse will sweat at the site of a former injury. We've had a couple that have done that. Never tried an adjustment. Vet said it was not uncommon. I'll be interested to learn if you try a chiropractor and what effect that treatment has.
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Imogen Bertin
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Post Number: 466
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 - 4:33 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a 7/8 TB mare that does this. Identical spot but on both sides, at the base of the area of the neck where you would give an IM injection. So I think it's just - some horses do this...

All the best

Imogen
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Sherry Wagar
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Post Number: 16
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, Jan 12, 2004 - 8:09 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi everyone. Just wanted to let you know that I had an Arab in my barn that had the same type of spot on his left hip. After doing some research and thinking back to my schooling days, we had him checked for Cushings and sure enough, he was positive. Don't want to scare anyone, but you don't want to miss something as important as this and it's always best to catch it early...
As another note, this horse had a history of a lot of bruising and a rare abcess in any foot at any given time. He was slow losing his winter coat, but always did lose it. If this description fits any of the above horses, you may want to look a little deeper into the cause of the "sweat spot".
Hope this helps,
Sherry
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Amy Y. Nelson
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Post Number: 12
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 - 6:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I had reviewed the Cushings articles, but they did not mention a specific sweat spot like this. This coming Mon. I am seeing the vet anyway. Will throw the Cushings thought at him. However, his specialty is not horses and I live in an area where cows are the populous:-(

Do you know how the sweat spot and the disease were linked in your horse?

Thanks for the advice! Will keep all posted!
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Shirley A. Johnson
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Username: Shirl

Post Number: 78
Registered: 2-2002
Posted on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 - 6:48 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Amy, Before my horse was diagnosed with Cushings and put on Pergolide she used to sweat a LOT on her L. whither area even in just mild temperatures. That has since stopped.
Good Luck, Shirl
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Laura Everingham
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Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 - 7:33 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I've had a cushing QH horse, he sweated on the left side by his withers too. But, I always, thought, it had been trama to that area. He was a hard one too keep weight on. The typical syptoms, drinks a lot of water, the hair, can't put on weight. He was 30+, The shots were expensive, 100.00 a month.

Here we are really scaring you. You could get her blood tested. To relieve your mind. But, I think, it is just a past injury and the nerves are damaged. If, it doesn't bother her.
Laura

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Donald W. Goddard
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Posted on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 - 8:15 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

There is an Equine Cushings group on Yahoo at this URL http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EquineCushings
They may be able to give you more insight and experience regarding this disease. My mare as well as many other group member's horses seemed to have problems with regulating body temps. and would sweat in very cool temperatures. My mare would have this trickle of sweat running down just behind her ear and another down her shoulder blade (only on one side) when ever the temp. got up over 65 degrees.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 - 11:39 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The specific spot of sweating is not diagnostic for Cushings: some horses just do it and since all horses eventually develop Cushings it is not surprising some Cushingnoid horses do this also. Horses with Cushings do sweat more.
DrO
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Shirley A. Johnson
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Username: Shirl

Post Number: 79
Registered: 2-2002
Posted on Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 - 10:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Amy, I don't know why, but you may find the answer in the group Donald mentioned. I'm sure I've read it there, but can't recall. Since it involves the Pituitary Gland, it may affect all horses differently, or where an injury has occurred, though I know of no injury to my horse in the area she sweats. Have your horse tested to put your mind at ease. Good Luck, Shirl
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