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post #1 of 5 Old 04-16-2010, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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help horse has raw armpits

My big AQHA has alot of deep wrinkles in his armpits and if gnats and sweat get in there it is just raw - horrible. I put swat on it and it heals fine but I was wondering if anyone has an idea to stop it. Is there a rubbing product that helps like a human runner puts on upper thighs type of thing?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-16-2010, 01:22 PM
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Are you sure it's just wrinkles, sweat, and gnats making him raw? This type of injury is more typically caused by your girth is rubbing him raw.

Galls are created when the girth pinches and rubs loose folds of skin. They typically occur under one or more of the following conditions:
  • The horse's conformation -- usually an upright shoulder, "mutton" withers and a wide torso -- causes the girth to stay very close behind the elbows no matter where the saddle is initially placed.
  • A recent tack change or a new saddle may position the girth differently, causing irritation.
  • The horse is not well conditioned for his current work, leaving the skin vulnerable to damage.
  • A dirty, stiff or ill-fitting girth concentrates friction on the sensitive, mobile skin behind the elbows. Treat girth galls with careful cleaning and application of a thick, protective ointment, such as Ichthammol or Desitin. Then, stop riding the horse (or ride him bareback) until the sore heals completely, which can take as long as three weeks.
Continued girthing will worsen the damage and, no doubt, the horse's attitude about being ridden. If you must ride the horse before the gall is completely healed, armor the sore with a thick layer of ointment, and use a fleece cover over a soft girth. A protective fleece girth cover may work well as a preventive strategy, but it has to be cleaned often to maintain its cushioning properties.

From article Treatment for Girth Galls

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-19-2010, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply I will make sure it is not his girth. I don't think it is as it is way up in his armpit/chest but I will for sure check it out as that would be horrible. No, I don't ride the big guy tell its healed:)
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-19-2010, 02:26 PM
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When you girth him up, lift each front leg up and forward and stretch it out. It will help pull out and smooth any wrinkles under the cinch.

If he were mine I'd have a vet check him for mites or other irritation.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-20-2010, 03:31 PM
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Sounds like what a horse I just got has.. I'll take a pic later today and post to have you tell me if your horses looks anything like what I have been clearing up

Hermano Rojo - my 10 year old Half Arabian gelding, the love of my "Arabian Horse" life!
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