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  • Sores on horses withers
  • Wounds at horse's withers due to winter blanket

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    10-08-2012, 06:51 AM
Sores on Withers

Hi All, I was wondering how many of you experience sores on withers from rugs? I'm really careful when it comes to rugs, making sure I buy a good quality rug and one that fits really well, but my horse has pretty high withers and it always causes us a problem during the winter when he's got his rug on (he lives out).
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    10-08-2012, 07:53 AM
You may need one with a different shape to the front of it, like one that comes up slightly more on the neck, and/or has fleece on it. I understand wearing hair off, but not sores. Never.
    10-08-2012, 08:20 AM
I've never seen actual sores - just bald spots.

I think it's Stateline tack that has the choose a blanket thing that helps you choose your horses blanket based on its shape. I think the hug style blankets are for high withered horses but you should double check.
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    10-08-2012, 10:21 AM
Does he actually need a rug? The vast majority of horses don't, alot of times I think it's more for the owner's peace of mind as opposed to the horse's health. IMO, if he is not "fragile" in some way (elderly, poor keeper, etc) and has shelter, he doesn't need to be blanketed, esp if it is causing sores.
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    10-08-2012, 10:45 AM
He's a 20 year old TB and def needs a rug otherwise he drops even more weight during the winter.
    10-08-2012, 11:54 AM
I had an EXTREMELY high withered Oldenburg gelding, the only style of blanket that worked for him was a high necked one- it came up to about the middle of his neck. Because of the shape there was then no pressure on his withers at all- normal blankets rested against his withers. Another option to try would be one of those slinky shoulder guards, but if his withers are that high, it isn't going to change where the blanket hits him, just protect the skin a bit.

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    10-08-2012, 08:17 PM
Originally Posted by Clare Webber    
He's a 20 year old TB and def needs a rug otherwise he drops even more weight during the winter.
Feed him more hay??
    10-08-2012, 08:22 PM
I rode at a stable as a teen and over half the horses were OTTB's, some elderly and none had a weight issue. One can't be stingy with hay in the winter.
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