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    02-16-2014, 10:00 PM
blanket rubs!

Help! What are some ways to help grow out the hair where the blanket has rubbed?

Besides not wearing a blanket? The horse in question is clipped ;)

She is already wearing a horsie bra!
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    02-16-2014, 10:05 PM
Vitamin E cream and or baby oil helps some with the skin irritation...but till the blanket is removed the irritation of her shoulder point moving against that blanket will continue "scraping" against the skin tissue and wearing the hair growth away.

If your blanket does not have a nylon covered shoulder panel area it may be something to do before next year...right now, the damage is done.

Think spring...
    02-16-2014, 10:26 PM
Oh forgot to add, she is no longer wearing the blanket that caused the rub!
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    02-17-2014, 08:39 AM
This happened to my pony when I was a kid - we took it to a retired rug repairer, who did us a favour (as long as we didn't tell anyone - he was very popular when he had been working!), and attached some sheepskin patches to the front panels of the rug. It really helped - I think it "stuck" to what little coat he had left, so it did not rub.
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    02-17-2014, 09:52 AM
Has anyone had a problem with a high necked blanket? I wonder if gypsygirl's blanket would work better if a cut out was made in the neck, like the cutout in some western saddle pads. A you shape is cut out and reinforced. If I get an old blanket I may try this to see how well it works.
    02-17-2014, 10:36 AM
My daughters lease pony rubbed through her coat really bad this winter and like others have said, the damage was done before it was noticed. Her owner bought a slinky that she now wears under the blanket which stopped it from getting worse and the hair has started to grow back in now, but that will just take time.
    02-17-2014, 10:45 AM
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Apart from using a slinky under the blanket - it might be case of trying a different brand/style next year. Schneider Saddlery do different cuts to suit different horses
Having a deep 'V' in the shoulder helps
Not having the cross surcingles fastened too tightly also helps
Usually its what you feed that makes to most difference - Biotin, Omega 3 & 6 oils, flax seed, Vitamin A, Vitamin E & Selenium are things to look for in a supplement - but always check against whats already in your feed before adding anything extra to it
    02-17-2014, 11:34 AM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Has anyone had a problem with a high necked blanket? I wonder if gypsygirl's blanket would work better if a cut out was made in the neck, like the cutout in some western saddle pads. A you shape is cut out and reinforced. If I get an old blanket I may try this to see how well it works.
I would be concerned of the blanket "catching" at the wither area and causing a painful rub-out and rub-off of both hair and skin.
Stable and turnout blankets notoriously slide back some after putting them on the horse...hence my concern of a "catch" happening.

I know I had a cut-back saddle pad used once that left a painful rub to my horses wither.
It caught and everytime the horse moved the skin abraded against it before we were even aware of what happened...when we unsaddled we found the sore and suddenly knew why we had a distinct attitude change part-way through our ride.
I gave the pad away and will never buy one again!

Use caution and be super alert to any rubs starting.
    02-17-2014, 12:37 PM
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I have cut back blankets for a few of my horses and they've never rubbed them anywhere
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    02-17-2014, 03:21 PM
I don't think it has to do with the neck...the rubs are on her shoulders. I have trouble finding blankets bc she is super narrow. She's 16.1 hh sui she's not a small horse, but she is so so narrow.
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