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    06-01-2010, 01:41 AM
Green Broke

Alright so my mare has bed sores from where she used to be because she likes to lay down alot and where she used to be there was jsut hard ground and she developed sores from it..So I have been taking care of those but recently every time I go out she ends up with another one at the moment she has a little spot on her hip and one under her chin(ill have to get pictures tomorrow) and I can't figure out for the life of me how she does it. Her pen doesnt have any sharp spots its just pipe and she isn't stalled right next to any other horses(theres and empty stall between her and the pony and donkey that she's closest to) and nobody else works with her but me so I don't know how she's doing it. Anyways I was wondering if I should just keep treating them and do once overs of the stall every time im out and how the best way to heal sores is. Right now im washing them and putting finnish line on them every time I go out (about every other day) they aren't making any progress but aren't getting worse. So any ideas?
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    06-01-2010, 01:49 AM
My guess, and without pictures that's all I can do, is that she is itchy and rubbing somewhere. In my experience, arabs are sensitive skinned horses. If she's itchy, she will find a way to scratch it. Below the chin is a pretty common itching spot. Do you ride her with a curb chain? If so, is it to tight? Either way, if a horse starts with the itchies, we usually break out the MSM and give a scoop once a day. It helps with skin allergies and other issues. In the mean time, keep em clean, keep em salved and unless its bleeding or infected, let it be. You can make it worse by over cleaning dry skin.
    06-01-2010, 02:01 AM
Green Broke
No right now she is in a basic D-ring snaffle.I just gave her a full bath today should that help??
Thanks for the advice
    06-01-2010, 02:03 AM
I'm pretty sure that they are not bed sores. If they are just small sores let them be the horse WILL survive.
    06-01-2010, 02:12 AM
Green Broke
Kevinshorses-i know she will survive im not worried about that I was just asking...and they are bedsores I know this becuase of where they are located for 1 and 2 becuase she tends to like to lay down alot and I have seen it on one of my old barns horses whom liked to lay down alot in a pen that had little padding

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