Originally Posted by Yogiwick
Honestly, if that is what it comes down to send him to auction. If that is THE only option you have, let me assure you it's not an option. Continuing to ride him in a saddle that will do that to him is inhumane not to mention it will cause physical and behavioral problems down the road and probably recreate that wound. Find another FITTING saddle, ride him bareback, don't ride him, sell him. Sorry to be blunt, but the horse needs to come first when it comes to the saddle. Any saddle that fits that badly isn't worth trying in the first place. You might find out the wound(s) that thing caused are worth more than a new saddle.
Wound is nasty.. how long since the vet was last out? It looks like something that will take a long time to heal. I would send pictures to the vet and ask about care. I don't know if I would cover it, just make sure to keep flies off and keep it clean either way. Did the vet say to let it scab up? Almost looks like another abscess forming.
I actually agree with you, I've been trying to talk him into selling him and getting a easier keeping horse, but TB's are worth nothing so he doesn't want to sell him. Unfortunately its not my horse, and I can't force him into anything. I will be showing him your commment however, so he sees I'm not the only one.
He was out 3 weeks ago, when these pictures were taken. He is in a stall and we clean it daily, there isn't any flies here either. He didn't mention whether or not to let it scab, I guess I didn't even think about it. Just been making sure it's clean. I will give him a call and find out.