Dry skin in girth area???

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    10-02-2009, 02:52 AM
Dry skin in girth area???

Ok when I got Reno and rode him the first time he got a saddle sore, which I treated and he has made a full recovery from. That was about 2 months ago. I noticed the last 2 weeks that he has this flaky skin around his girth area, its not dry skin (doesnt look like dandruff) and its patches about the size of a pea (not round but if you smash a pea about that big) I have switched the girth and no improvement, I also have put MTG on it and havent noticed an improvement. BUT where his saddle sore was there is a mound of this "skin" or whatever it is...any ideas on what this may be? He isnt sensitive to the touch, there is no scabs, and it isnt getting worse with riding. I also noticed he is getting a small patch of "it" right behind his shoulder kinda near his withers. Also he is in a pasture with 6 other horses and none of them have had this issue and are showing no signs of it either. I am going to get some pics of it this weekend but any ideas so far?
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    10-02-2009, 03:17 AM
Pictures will definitely help.
Im kind of confused though.. Is it under the skin or above?
Sorry if I just mis read.
But yeah pictures will really help
    10-02-2009, 09:10 AM
Green Broke
Could be bacterial or a reaction to something. I agree, photos would help. Does it feel or look like rain rot? What kind of girth are you using now? Are your saddle pads clean? How often do you wash them?
    10-02-2009, 09:14 AM
It is on the skin (under the hair) except the pieces that have appeared to "come loose" it does not feel like rain rot. It reminds me of dandruff is the easiest way to describe it. I tried to find a pic online that resembles it and I can't lol
    10-02-2009, 09:19 AM
Green Broke
Sounds like a skin reaction. My mare had a similar reaction when I switched to a fly spray with different ingredients.

I would wash the areas well with betadine scrub, wash and disenfect your girths and saddle pads, and be sure to use girths and saddle pads made of natural materials (wool felt or cotton saddle pads, wool felt or mohair girths) and see if that makes a difference. Keep separate pads and girths just for him; do not share them with other horses.
    10-06-2009, 04:26 PM
So here are some pics of this skin?? I also noticed the day that these were taken...when we got back from the ride there was no more skin on the girth area...we shall see if it is back when I go out there soon

The first pic it is near the top rightish area
The second is the "bunch/mound" of skin(?)
The third is the other side where its not as bad
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    10-06-2009, 04:30 PM
Also I clean my saddle pads about once a month and the girth gets cleaned after every ride its a neoprene girth by professional choice, the one with the roller
    10-07-2009, 12:55 AM
It looks to me like a half healed cinch gall. Though it could be one of a hundred other things. Try the betadine and if that doesn't work, you might try and anitfungal in case it is girth itch. Past that, if it doesn't clear up, you may want to contact a vet.
    10-07-2009, 01:03 AM
Green Broke
Looks like a reaction to the girth. Don't ride for a while, so it can heal up. Then buy a 100% Mohair or felt lined cinch and try that. If you ride English, buy a real sheepskin girth cover and use that over your girth.

Make sure your girth is a bit farther back on the horse and pull the legs forward after you tighten, to make sure there's no skin wrinkled under it.
    10-07-2009, 01:08 AM
Girth gall. Try a sheepskin/soft padded girth cover. That's the only thing that works on my gelding. It also helps to clip that small area, as the extra hair balls up under the girth and makes rubbing worse. Also, it is super easy to clean all the dandruffy skin off when it is clipped.

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