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  • Saddle cinch rash
  • Treatment of girth rash

 
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    04-29-2008, 11:20 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Need a cure FAST!

My mule has HORRIBLE saddle sore.... it's about the size of two quarters, and after working him it's raw and bloody..... it's right in his girth/cinch area

Don't call me irresponsible because I let it get this bad, he was fine before I put the saddle on.... he just has a lot of winter hair, has never worn a saddle before, has horrible whithers, and is sweaty and dirty

I know time is the best thing for it, but that's what I don't have because I need to train him for fair because right now he's only had one ride and it was only 5 minutes long!!

Please help! Thanks!
     
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    04-29-2008, 11:28 PM
  #2
Banned
I'd put some type of vetrinary cream on it....one with Aloe Vera in (possibly Horseman's Dream) and wrap it. Apply twice a day or more as needed...changing the banage at least once a day. I don't know how quick it will heal, but it should take care of it.

Once it's all healed, apply MTG on it daily to get the hair to regrow

What type of girth are you using? Is that what caused the sore?
Make sure that area is always clean from now on from dirt so it doesn't happen again...also try using a padded girth...it might help
     
    04-29-2008, 11:34 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
I'd put some type of vetrinary cream on it....one with Aloe Vera in (possibly Horseman's Dream) and wrap it. Apply twice a day or more as needed...changing the banage at least once a day. I don't know how quick it will heal, but it should take care of it.

Once it's all healed, apply MTG on it daily to get the hair to regrow

What type of girth are you using? Is that what caused the sore?
Make sure that area is always clean from now on from dirt so it doesn't happen again...also try using a padded girth...it might help
i don't think my trainer would enjoy changing his bandage.... we put rubbin alcohol and calamine (sp) lotion on it.....

Ok, i'm confused, can someone post a picture of MTG so I know what it looks like???

It's a neoprene cinch (western) we put lotion on it and his belly before we tighten it.....

It's starting to heal up a little, but I don't want it to reopen.... he let me touch it w/o reacting.... which is good because he's touchy and likes to cowkick....
     
    04-29-2008, 11:49 PM
  #4
Banned
MTG


I'd change your girth in for a material one...one made of cotton or something like that. A material one should not cause that to happen again, but make sure you keep it clean cause it can get dirty easily.

Oh, wasn't sure if your mule was at your house or not. Then I'd just say change it when you come on up.

Also, ask your barn owner what he/she suggests if they won't mind...I always ask my barn owner and trainer for suggetions, tips, and health questions.
     
    04-29-2008, 11:54 PM
  #5
Green Broke
My trainer swears that the neoprene cinch rubs less and is better than string ones, and I believe it.... I don't think i'll be able to bandage him up because I don't have the needed supplies, and really he belongs to my trainer so whatever he says goes

I might ask if I can start using a breastcollar on him to make the saddle slip less
     
    04-30-2008, 04:42 AM
  #6
Foal
Hi

Hi you should rest your horse from the saddle.if your horse needs excercise to maintain fitness, lunge it.Apply zinc cream to the sore twice a day until it shows signs of drying and healing.
     
    04-30-2008, 06:10 AM
  #7
Showing
In a pinch I have used human wound care stuff on my horses. Neosporin or any type of generic antibiotic cream. I've even doused wounds with Bactine.
As for the saddle problems, since it is a mule it might be a good idea to go for the breast collar and a crupper. It will keep the saddle from slipping so much and the cinch from moving.
     
    04-30-2008, 12:36 PM
  #8
Foal
I wouldn't worry about bandages, I think it'd be too much and would really make it take longer to heal. Let it be in the air and sunshine, I'd just use one of the creams etc. everybody has recommended.
     
    04-30-2008, 02:45 PM
  #9
Trained
A mare I know gets this, her owner uses Zinc Oxide cream, in other words diaper rash cream. It's unexpensive and works great!
     
    04-30-2008, 06:42 PM
  #10
Yearling
If sores developed in that shore a time, then something is wrong with your fit or how tightly you cinched up or having dirt/mud/crud under the girth.

Nothing is going to heal them if you continue to put pressure on the area by saddling your horse. Time, proper grooming to make sure there is nothing under the girth when you saddle him back up and proper care of the wounds are necessary.

Do not put alcohol on them. Clean with a mild betadine or chlorhexidine solution and then apply a plain triple antibiotic ointment. Then give them some time to heal.
     

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