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post #1 of 20 Old 06-10-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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sore/rubbing raw on cinch area..?

Okay, so, my mare has this sore-looking thing that opens up every summer. I'm assuming that this comes from my cinch, which is one of those smart-cinch ones, so it's well padded & everything..but this sore, it goes away in the winter, even though I still ride her quite often, & comes back in the summer, sometimes worse than usual. As of today, it's just down to her skin, kind of rubbed raw, not bleeding, no discharge or anything. The weird thing is that there's a huge, soft bump, too. Like it's part of her skin - you can grab onto it, it's close to 2 inches in diameter, & it's round (I'll post pics as soon as I can get them). It is painful to the touch (she'll pin her ears back & move away). So, I'll just ride her bareback for now to let it heal, then change the girth, I guess, try something different. I guess my question is, is there anything I can do to make it heal faster/prevent it from happening/stop the pain? Thanks :)
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It could be a melanoma.. I would check in with your vet and perhaps get it biopsied. I'm guessing it goes away in the winter due to her thick coat and comes back in the summer when she's slick. Maybe look at a different girth?

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I have two theories to what could be happening here.

This could just be a girth sore. If your horse develops more hair in winter it could be protecting her skin from girth rubs. In recognizing that you have a problem and riding bareback in an effort to fix this problem is a fine step. If girth galls are left untreated they can get really nasty. Here's a link to information about girth galls.

Girth and Saddle Galls - Girth Sores and Saddles Sores

The one other thing that popped into my mind is a condition called summer sores. This is actually caused by parasites. They can get into a wound or sore and cause it to bleed, itch, and creates a lesion. There are some cases when summer sores will reoccur over the course of years, and what you are describing could possibly be a case of this. The fact that you said this happens every summer makes me suspect something other than just a girth gall. Here's a site with information about summer sores.

How to Control and Prevent Summer Sores in Horses: Simple Ways to Help Protect Your Horse

Good luck with your mare, I hope this helped. :)
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post #4 of 20 Old 06-11-2012, 09:52 AM
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I would lean more towards it being fly larvae/ summer sores. The easy fix is a double dose of ivermectin. If it becomes open and wheepy, you can also rub some ivermectin on the wound itself a few times a day until it clears up.
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By chance is it a NEOPRENE cinch? I was leasing a horse who had a neoprene ENGLISH style and I had a brand new Weaver Smart Cinch NEOPRENE one. It rubbed all the hair in one patch in just a few uses.

Ran out and picked up a 100% MOHAIR cinch (Wrangler Twenty X with a buckle roller -- so it's smart cinch style, too!!) and it totally took care of the problem.

Hope it's not a medical issue, but hope this helps!

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post #6 of 20 Old 06-18-2012, 02:47 PM
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I agree with all the above.
If the cinch interferes with the area, no matter the cause- you can take a tube sock, cut the toe and top off to where it fits the effected area and slides onto your cinch. Smear the sore and the sock with either Corona Ointment or Furacin. Lightly cinch your horse, adjust the sock so it is over the sore with NO wrinkles, then tighten and recheck. This will keep your cinch from irritating it more.

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Firstly, switch your cinch to a good mohair string cinch. The cords/strings allow air and the wool wicks the sweat away. Neoprene causes the skin to overheat and break down. The synthetic felt ones create a lot of abrasion. Secondly, change how you do up your cinch. If your saddle had a rear cinch ring, not a slot in the skirt, switch your latigo to that ring, come down through the cinch ring then up to and do your knot. This will move the cinch back.
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...and if you can afford it, go 100% mohair (or alpaca--I have an Alpaca cinch and I loooove it!!--though go 2" smaller than you would, the natural fibers can stretch up to 2" on the alpaca)

There are cheaper "mohair blends" that incorporate cotton in with the wool. These are ok, but you really should invest in a 100% natural fiber.

....I'm also a tack brat and prefer LEATHER LEATHER LEATHER (billets and latigos...)

Good luck and happy trails!
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^^^ yes, Alpaca stretches!

And 100% mohair is so much better than a blend, you can really feel the difference.

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Try a mohair cinch. My gelding got bad sores last winter with a fleece girth, so I gave him a week off and switched to a mohair. I haven't had any problems since.


Btw, I have a string cinch for sale. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.
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