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    07-27-2010, 12:26 PM
Scrapes under saddle: Advice?

My horse got into a "disagreement" with another horse a few weeks ago and got the worst of it. He wound up with several bite marks and lots of scrapes (from teeth) where the hair was scraped off and the skin was a bit raw.

I've been treating him with Horseman's Dream cream and it's working well to keep the areas moist and some have begun to regrow hair.

My question is about the ones that would be under his saddle. How "healed up" do they need to be before I can saddle up and ride him without causing him irritation/pain? I don't have anything pressing on the horizon as far as needing to ride him, other than the fact that I miss riding and have a new saddle I'd really like to try out.

Any and all advice would be very much appreciated!

Thanks so much,

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    07-27-2010, 12:37 PM
I've always learned that as long as the wound is closed (not bleeding) and when you push or poke it the horse doesn't seem in pain or irritated, then it's safe to ride them as long as you use a nice saddle pad.
    07-27-2010, 01:36 PM
Originally Posted by AngelWithoutWings54    
I've always learned that as long as the wound is closed (not bleeding) and when you push or poke it the horse doesn't seem in pain or irritated, then it's safe to ride them as long as you use a nice saddle pad.

Thanks very much for the quick reply!

I think he's about to that point. I've been keeping the salve on all of the scrapes pretty continuously but I think today I'll clean the ones under his saddle off and do a close inspection/evaluation and see if the worst one is to that point yet.

I sure appreciate the help!

    07-27-2010, 01:41 PM
Green Broke
I agree with the other poster, as long as the skin is healed and your not going to rip it open with the saddle, and when you poke it he doesnt flinch, then go for it!
    07-27-2010, 01:45 PM
Thanks Ridergirl....

I really appreciate the help! That sounds right to me....

I just don't want to hurt him or make him irritated with the saddle.

Thanks again for the quick advice!

    07-31-2010, 07:48 PM
Well, I'm delighted to report that I rode him today for the first time since his injuries and he did fine! No apparent irritation at all and no physical effect on the wounds.

It was SO good to get back into the saddle.....

I have to say, also, that I believe that the Horseman's Dream Veterinary Cream that I am using on the wounds really worked well. I had been using something else and his progress was really slow, but when I switched to the Horseman's Dream stuff, he began to make very good progress. I plan to keep that stuff around from now on.

Thanks again for the advice!


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