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    04-30-2008, 09:17 PM
Since you MUST ride your mule with the sore on him. You are going to have to do something to PREVENT RUBBING. [which is obviously how the sore became.

What iwould do is use some antibacterial stuff to disinfect the wound. Then I would lather it in bag balm, then cover it up with a THICK rag, then cinch him up with the rag under the cinch, you can to very hard riding, but you'll be able to train some.

Also, you're going to have to make sure the rag stays intact. So what I would do is use duck tape to tape the rag to the mule, not the cinch.

I know this isn't the best method, but riding with something like this isn't a very good method and calls for odd measures, per se.
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    04-30-2008, 11:35 PM
Green Broke
Well his cinch is clean and today he got lunged A LOT... we really only sit on his back for a few minutes so really there isn't a whole lot of saddle movement.... the cinch isn't too tight, it's only on tight enough to keep it on.... he's got a lot of winter hair on him and where the cinch rubs he already had less hair and it's just an odd area on him..... he's a lot better today, I made sure I put a lot of lotion on him..... he hates spray bottles with a passion now, but that's something to fix later....
    05-01-2008, 01:55 AM
he just has a lot of winter hair, has never worn a saddle before, has horrible whithers, and is sweaty and dirty
yup that's a perfect recipe for saddle sores.

Keeping the area and girth as clean as you can to prevent further rubbing is a must.

And using one or so of the creams suggested, there is one that I love and would totally reccomend ......if only I could remember the darn name of it :roll:

And I no you say you must ride but honestly the quickest way to have it heel up is to not have the grith on it......think about a blister on your foot and rubbing shoe

Can you not ride him bareback?

Also a girth sleeve may help protect from rubbing. Used to be the only thing that stopped my horse Banjo from getting the same problem
    05-01-2008, 01:59 AM
I am very familiar with this and past horses.

Lost of padding if you go riding: we used a homemade eggshell foam pad.

Keep it nice and dry.

Apply ointment regularly. Something that will absorb but not moisten. Lol.

Good luck!
    05-01-2008, 06:15 PM
Originally Posted by mlkarel2010
we really only sit on his back for a few minutes so really there isn't a whole lot of saddle movement.... the cinch isn't too tight, it's only on tight enough to keep it on
Keep the cinch tight! Tighten it up so you can just get under it with your fingers. After a few minutes, check it again. If it's not tight, you WILL have saddle movement. That is a precurser to sores.
    05-01-2008, 08:03 PM
Personally, I prefer a looser cinch. But again that's just personal preference and it's easier on Blu. My last leased horse had saddle sores the size or my fists when we first got him. :(
    05-03-2008, 10:47 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for the advice.... he's looking better, and it's scabbed over so it doesn't get so bad.....

We can't ride him bareback, because we're trying to get him used to the saddle.... kinda the point at this stage, but I hope to ride him bareback when he's farther along

We keep the cinch tight so the saddle won't move much
    05-03-2008, 11:46 PM
I keep a moderately loose cinch, it is snuggled to hold the saddle down but if I put all my weight into the stirrup and grabbed the horn and leaned, my saddle will slide. However, if I stand up only one stirrup but don't lean all over it, it stays steady, so that way I can balance myself if I need to without hanging under my horse and my cinch is loose enough to have give. It is tight enough to mount from the ground If I make it quick at least.

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