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  • Short back horse getting hair rubbed off hips during riding
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    03-17-2009, 05:42 PM
I wonder if you could get some sort of satin or faux-silk covers made for your pads? That is the softest material I can think of.
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    03-17-2009, 05:55 PM
Might try that if the sheepskin doesn't work.. would be cheaper too.
But I guess those skins are used for a reason.. hopefully it'll go away now.
    03-17-2009, 06:18 PM
Have you thought of getting a blood panel pulled? This amount of hair loss seems a bit extreme and I would start worrying about an underlying issue. (thyroid, glandular etc.)
    03-17-2009, 06:21 PM
If it is bothering him on his face, it might not be just from the pad being dirty (Sorry if you mentioned this already and I just missed it). Perhaps you should consider calling your vet to see if there is an underlying issue at hand.
    03-17-2009, 06:34 PM
Sounds like an ill-fitting saddle to me, or as others have mentioned, a problem bigger than just the pad. If the saddle fits well, however, the pad is just there to keep the saddle clean.... if the saddle doesn't fit well it can cause the pad to rub.
    03-17-2009, 06:45 PM
He has a very sensetive coat, but the skin is fine, he's not sore, his hooves are hard and the mane and tail too :) It hasn't come after one ride, but it started slow and then I realized it wouldn't disappear just by washing the pad.

The vet hasn't found anything, his food is analysed and made sure to cover everything he needs. He doesn't show any other weaknesses except the sensetive coat.

I know other standardbreds around here that's equally sensetive, especially now when it's time to shed. He doesn't have any marks on his face or other place now, but he got it the first few days I've had him, and I've seen that the blankets has ruffled up the coat on his hips before, it stopped when I used showsheen on his hips and I try to avoid blankets.. But except this little spot I've managed to keep him from any visible marks in his coat (I've payed attention when I've noticed the areas were ruffled, before it got so thin/short it changed colour). So it's not normally a problem as long as I don't make him wear a halter in the stall or pasture, and avoid blankets/makes sure to get blankets with good insides.
    03-17-2009, 06:46 PM
Justdressageit, did you read my reply to the other accusation on an illfitting saddle? I'm not typing it again.
The back of the horse will always rub against the pad no matter how well the saddle fits, because the horses back moves but the saddle can not move the same way.

I just happen to have a very sensetive horse that after an incident with a dirty saddlepad got his coat ruffled up in a spot and with the less smooth coat more rubbing occured and now the coat is nearly rubbed off in a small spot on his back. The saddle hasn't given him any problems like that before, despite it being used more frequently during the three months he was in training than now. And he isn't sore anywhere.

He is ridicculosly sensetive when it comes to rubbing his coat, but other than that, nobody has been able to find any problem with him physically.
    03-18-2009, 04:25 PM
Green Broke
A friend of mine has this very problem with her Walker gelding. He's short backed and has a lot of action in his back legs, so even with a short saddle and pad, he still rubs. She uses a Skito pad with the real wool underside and a ThinLine pad on top, to keep the saddle from making the rubbing worse. This combination has helped some.

Another idea would be to use a real sheepskin saddle pad right against his skin. If you buy a dog slicker brush and brush out the pad often, it will relatively clean. My daughter uses one under her English saddle and it's very nice. I wash it occasionally with a special sheepskin wash. You let it air dry, then fluff it back up with the slicker brush. I use a horse body brush to brush the dirt out between every ride.
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    03-18-2009, 04:59 PM
I've bought a sheepskin :) Thanks for the tips about keeping it fresh.

Crow has a fairly long back nd the spot is severl hands away from his hips, so I'm quite sure it's not that. He hasn't had any problem before and it's just on one side so I really think it's some dirt that started it all, and the rugged up surface of his coat against the normal sheet that kept it from healing and made it worse. Hopefully the sheepskin will help.
    03-18-2009, 11:28 PM
Green Broke
You know, you might have someone video you riding, from the front and back, and from the side. You might be putting more weight in one seat bone, or dropping a shoulder, which could cause the saddle to shift and create the rub. I used to drop my right shoulder and didn't even know it! I thought my horse was just a booger and liked to drift. Once I saw the video and started working on it, she quit drifting! Lol

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