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post #1 of 22 Old 09-24-2013, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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cinch gall

Ok so I bought a new horse, was riding him the other day and when I got off I noticed a couple spots under the cinch that were swollen and raw, I looked it up online and the spots are called gall, I bought some stuff called blue lotion which is an ointment that says its good for saddle sores, cinch gall, and other minor scrapes and abrasions. Anybody ever used this stuff before? What would u guys suggest? How would I keep this from happening again? I read online that it could be caused from an ill fitting cinch which I believe this one is a little big for him, what is a good cinch to buy? The one I have is kind of like some kind of compressed wool or dense felt material I'm not sure exactly but it worked fine with my other horse I dont know why its bothering this guy, any suggestions?
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-24-2013, 08:46 PM
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Hi Jesse, I can so relate to girth galls! That really stinks.

Here in Central Florida, we've had a warm and very wet Summer. I ride about 4-5 days per week and ride about 1-1.5 hours each outing.

I thought I had all the right fitting tack to make our horse safe to ride, comfortable under saddle, and be good for him long-term.

About 6 weeks ago, Chuck developed some girth galls that became problematic very quickly. Aside from treating the sores, I came to the realization that our Weaver (felt backed) Smart Cinch seemed to be part of the problem.

If you've hunted through this forum and others, that are many treatment options out there as well as a ton of advice from a tack perspective that you can read through.

I talked to a saddle fitter who reviewed what tack we used. Our saddle fit fine, but in order to help prevent girth calls from reoccurring, we talked about rigging our latigo's differently. Additionally, I switched over to a Alpaca Roper girth.

From a treatment perspective, I would generally recommended keeping the wound(s) clean and I use Saline for that. I've had great success using a product called Well-Horse. There are so many good wound care products out there and I think it is a matter of finding what works best for your horse.

Also, I gave our horse some time off to allow the wounds to heal. It took about 3 weeks before I was able to ride again and at the same time I went ahead and switched out our tack and rigged our saddle differently.
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Ok, these spots will heal fast, I caught them pretty quick. what about mohair roper cinchs? Would that be the same concept as alpaca?
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post #4 of 22 Old 09-24-2013, 09:11 PM
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Jesse, check out this thread (Mohair girth) and also do a search on this forum and others. I found it more important to account for possible stretching when getting my new cinch.

Depending on your saddle and the riding you do, you should determine if you want a roper or straight style. My saddle fitter likes Ropers, but I've heard positives about both styles.

Keep us posted on how things go.
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Thanks ill check it out, I'm going to be taking roping classes as well as cutting so I was thinking roper style, I've heard a lot of good things about mohair cinchs but never used one. I'm guessing by saturday ill be able to ride again ill post some more as things progress I'm hoping the cinch will fix the problem and I won't have to deal with it again on this horse. Do u have a brand you prefer? I have a billy cook saddle and few other things made by billy cook and I've been happy with everything so far, seems to be pretty durable but I don't know many Brands other then that.
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post #6 of 22 Old 09-25-2013, 09:02 AM
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mohair or the right kinda neoprene is good, there are some bad neoprenes though. The type found on weaver smart cinches is good. NOT THAT WHITE AIR GRIP stuff. Although for roping you may want more grip , I dotn know I am a distance trail rider.
Also sadde can make a big issue, a poor fitting saddle will caus eyou to over tighten the girth to keep it from slipping. That can cause the issue as well.
You can mail order a big tube of Chamoise Buttr from fo r8 bucks, will last years. It was designed for long distanc ebike riders. but works well in girth area as well. But really if you have a good fitting saddle on a normal withered horse and either a REAL, (dotn get rayon cord stuff) mohair girth or good neoprene you shouldnt really need it if your saddle fits.
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Jesse, do you actually do any roping? If not, then I'd suggest a straight girth instead of a roper style. With roping style girths, unless your saddle is rigged just right, it can also cause sores from riding too close to their front legs.

As for girth galls, they happen to the best of us if the cinch has a wrinkle or is too dirty or the wrong size.

I'll only buy the 100% mohair or alpaca string girths. I don't particularly like the ones that are a blend with other materials.

As for what to use to treat the gall, if the stuff you've got is working, then you can stick with it. However, I swear by this stuff right here.
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I'm going to do some yes but not right away I'm going to do cutting classes first then work on roping after that. So is there a cinch for cutting? Or is that just a strait cinch? The blue lotion seems to be working good
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post #9 of 22 Old 09-25-2013, 08:28 PM
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Joe4d, there was no neoprene on the Smart Cinch we had.

jesse, there are a number of manufacturers of mohair and/or alpaca cinches. At the tack shop we frequent, we went with Classic Equine specific to the sizing we needed.
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post #10 of 22 Old 09-25-2013, 08:33 PM
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Make sure your cinch is not too close to her front legs, you might pull her leg to get the skin out also and make sure cinch is clean.
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