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  • Wound on horses withers
  • Scab on withers saddle fit

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    12-04-2013, 02:43 PM
  #1
Foal
Wither Wound

My boyfriends TB has a very nasty wound on the top of his withers. He got this wound about 2 months ago and it was just a big scab for awhile. About 3 weeks ago, the scab got ripped off and the would got much bigger. A vet came out and cleaned the wound, gave him some penicilin and bot dewormer (there was fly larvae in his back). The swelling went down and he is now stalled. We have been spraying wound kote on it morning and night, but occasionally he must roll or something and he makes it bleed all over again. It's not getting any better and I'm not sure what to do for the poor guy. Any suggestions?
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    12-04-2013, 03:16 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Gross. It needs to be cleaned with betadine a few times a day. Put some antibiotic ointment on it and cover it until it starts looking better. I wouldn't be surprised if the vet wanted oral antibiotics for a week or so.
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    12-04-2013, 03:19 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Is he being ridden at all? His saddle may be causing the wound if it doesn't fit right. I've found Corona to help with scratches.
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    12-04-2013, 03:43 PM
  #4
Foal
Yea it is pretty gross. That's it cleaned up by the vet. You should have seen it before hand, it was puss filled and swollen. I'm not sure how I can cover it, any suggestions?

He hasn't been ridden since Oct 16th. But yes the saddle is what caused it. Unfortunately he is the the weirdest shaped horse and even a Semi-QH bar is too big. I've tried an english saddle with a narrow tree as well, but there is about a 2 inch gap on the sides of his withers. He is my boyfriends horse and he, nor myself can afford a custom saddle, so we were trying different pads to see if they would help, unfortunately we haven't found anything that will work, and either he gets ridden with the saddle by boyfriend has, or he goes to auction
     
    12-04-2013, 03:49 PM
  #5
Yearling
You can get silver spray to cover it, or just wash with betadine, cover with honey (has natural antibacterial properties) and can use Aloe Vera - if it grows anywhere near just smash up the soft part of the leaf and can also mix with honey to put on.
There should be other sprays - we used to use blue spray to cover all kinds of wounds.
Most important for such injuries is to keep them clean, especially when you cannot bandage them up.

For saddle, I did not understand what you meant with "I've tried an english saddle with a narrow tree as well, but there is about a 2 inch gap on the sides of his withers." I use only english saddles and the most important thing is to have space around withers! Well not 2 inches on both sides, because then the saddle must be standing very wrong, but try to ask someone to help with this saddle fitting issue. There must be a knowledgable person nearby who could try to explain if that saddle is maybe actually too small? And that is why it raises up?
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    12-04-2013, 03:56 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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.
     
    12-04-2013, 03:58 PM
  #7
Foal
This is an example of what his withers look like. Very large and shark fin like. There is basically a hole on both sides around his withers. A narrow tree english saddle just falls down until it's on the withers. It's too wide. My boyfriend will NOT ride english, so I'm not sure why I even bothered trying an english saddle, but atleast I know it doesn't fit now.
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    12-04-2013, 04:00 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Would he consider riding bareback?
     
    12-04-2013, 04:10 PM
  #9
Weanling
Poor baby :( How old is this pic? Do you have a current one? There really is no way to cover that area. If you can let it scab over, don't scrub it off. If he's rolling and it's peeling the scab off you may need to increase the number of times you're cleaning it. Again don't scrub, just wash out the dirt and crud gently so you don't disturb the good tissue trying to grow. Also what are you cleaning it with? I'd use either a simple soap and water solution or saline a few times a day and cover it with honey. There's a salve called SWAT that you can get that will also help keep the flies out of it.

As for the saddle issue, is there someone that can come out and help you fit him? Maybe there is a way to pad so the saddle fits better? My QH gelding is very narrow, high withered with a very thick barrel. Semi QH bars are too small but the full don't fit his wither right. I finally found a built up, cut back saddle pad that fills in the area around the withers and takes the pressure off the withers. It's not exactly perfect but we do very light trail riding and I've not had any issues.
     
    12-04-2013, 04:10 PM
  #10
Foal
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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.
     

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