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post #1 of 10 Old 12-06-2012, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Missing hair on withers

My horse has missing hair on the top of his withers. What do you think it is from and how do I fix it? It is really weird there is literally missing patches of hair just gone!
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-06-2012, 08:53 AM
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Is your saddle rubbing this area. When you have ridden about 20 min. reach over and see if you can get two fingers held vertically under the gullet. If not you need a different saddle.
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-06-2012, 09:17 AM
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Do you blanket your horse? If you do, it could be a wither rub from your horses blanket....
Also, what comes to mind is her creeping under a fence to grab grass and coming up abruptly and knocking those withers.....
As said above though....check your saddle fit.....
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-06-2012, 09:25 AM
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Its usually something rubbing - saddle, saddle pad, blankets though if you look at horses scratching each other in the field this seems to be a favourite spot so could be another horse being a bit too heavy with the social 'grooming' thing
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Check saddle fit first
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Maybe bite marks?
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-07-2012, 12:08 AM
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If all else has been ruled out - when you put your horse's saddle on, do you pull the pad up into the gullet of the saddle? Often times people put the saddle on the pad and the pad is pushed way too tight on their withers, pull it up into the gullet before each ride. I nag ALL my students about this - defeats the purpose of a well fit saddle to have the pad jammed on their withers xD
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It is probably him trying to get the grass under the fence. What can I put on it to make the hair grow back?
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-07-2012, 03:59 PM
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You could use MTG on it, maybe that will speed up the hair growth.

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-07-2012, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by RunningWind View Post
It is probably him trying to get the grass under the fence. What can I put on it to make the hair grow back?
Doesn't really matter what you put on it. If he is doing it getting the grass and continues to do so................ point being, until you find out what is causing it and stop it, no point in trying to get it to grow back.

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