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post #1 of 6 Old 03-12-2014, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Dirty Coat

My gelding has this dirty rough coat right wear the saddle lies. I've considered the pad doing this but even after 2 months of no riding and constant grooming, it never went away. I've tried getting a damp cloth but even that didn't work. Any advice? Has anyone else had grooming problems?
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-12-2014, 06:24 PM
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Try a different pad.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-12-2014, 07:08 PM
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How much opportunity does he have to roll around in the sand, snow, grass, whatever? That does a far better job of cleaning down deep then what the average grooming job does. If he isn't itchy or sore there, I would continue to brush him out, looking for any sign of irritation. If he did get something from the pad and it's never had a chance to be properly cleaned out, then the problem remains, right? Look for flakes, lice, mites, etc. Though why a bug wouldn't migrate is beyond me.

Also, it depends a bit on the fur coat that your horse has at the moment. I noticed that my horse's fur is starting to be coarser in preparation for shedding. This time of year I can never get her to look good.

When you do start riding again, make sure your pad is washed, well-rinsed and dried before using it again. Consider what kind of pad you use - perhaps he is sensitive to that fabric/fleece? After a ride, brush him down with a wet brush to help get the salt/sweat off.
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-13-2014, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! His coat doesn't seem to be getting worse and I do think I'm going to get a new pad for this show season since the one I'm using is a few years old. Do you guys think it will go away after he sheds? I'll be giving him a bath after he sheds, is there a certain shampoo you guys recommend?
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-13-2014, 01:41 PM
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Hi :) My horse sometimes has this problem. He will get spots where the saddle pad lies and the hair will be all roughed up and hard to brush out. I have found a few things that have really made a difference though. Like you were saying, the type of saddle pad is really important. I have a few of the non slip baby pads from Ogilvy and they are good and Greenhawk sells generic white baby pads which are very affordable and I find them to be good. For me though, the real importance is in the special coat care I do to prevent these spots. Before putting my saddle on, I take a cloth that has a little bit of hair moisturizer (I like the orange stuff that you dilute) and I rub it over the problem areas. Don't worry, this stuff is not like show sheen and it doesn't make the hair slippery, it just gives the hair some more moisture. This works because I find the times when he gets the worst rubs is in the winter when his coat is dry and brittle, and it gets rubbed easily. When moisturized, the hair is much stronger and seems to hold up better even with the friction from a pad.
Another thing which I have found is helping is adding an oil or coat supplement to my horse's diet during the winter months. I do this because even though the moisturizer helps, I would rather try to fix the problem from the inside out rather than always applying products to my horse's coat. I feed my horse 1/2 cup of ground flax seed (you can get it at any bulk food store) per day, to help strengthen and moisturise his coat. Lots of people like to use oils, but I have been liking the flax seed myself :)
I hope this helped, I know it was a bit of a long answer but I know how much I have struggled with this kind of issue and so I wanted to try to pass on some ideas :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-13-2014, 03:44 PM
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It will look different when he sheds. The hair is damaged there now, so new hair will look better. But if the problem is an irritation, you need to deal with that asap. Hence my comment about looking for symptoms when grooming.

I never bathe my horse, other than with clear water. I'm not a fan of soaps - so I can't comment on a good shampoo.
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