Blanketing a horse with absess on shoulder/whithers?

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    12-31-2011, 02:04 AM
Blanketing a horse with absess on shoulder/whithers?

What is the best way to blanket a horse with an absess on it's whithers/shoulder area?

I have a gelding that has an absess that has been lanced and is being treated.
He is highly agitated by anything touching it.
Problem is is that he's thin and winter is here.
What should I do?
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    12-31-2011, 02:30 AM
I believe you can get wither-less blankets... let me have a check online.

Yes it's called a "Cutback turnout blanket" which has a you shaped part that doesn't touch the withers at all so maybe that'd be the solution?

OR if you get one that fits all the way up to the middle of his neck, then it wouldn't be TIGHT near the withers and therefore rub like most blankets do.

It's worth playing around with. Maybe your vet has a suggestion too?

If it's not below freezing, then just making sure he gets an abundance of hay will help keep him warm then you would avoid blanketing all together.

Good luck eitherway!
    12-31-2011, 02:33 AM
Thank you!
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