Equine sarcoid is the most commonly diagnosed tumour in horses.
They can occur spontaneously, or at the site of a previous
injury. They are common in young horses and usually occur around
the head, ears, limbs, and abdomen. The correct treatment, given
early, offers the best chance of a successful outcome.
A veterinary examination is essential, because
sarcoids can be confused with other growths that are malignant and
may spread internally. Surgical removal is often combined with cryosurgery
(freezing) or immunotherapy. Radiation therapy is a
possible alternative, although expensive.
Various topical applications were recommended by
several readers - however, none of these have been properly researched
and - even if they have appeared to be successful in odd cases - it is
also possible that the sarcoid being 'treated' disappeared
naturally. Therefore, we strongly advise against home remedies
and suggest a consultation with a good equine vet.