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post #1 of 5 Old 08-23-2008, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone reccomend a good chafless girth?

I have an ongoing problem with my mare. She has some skin irritation around her girth area. There are two patches where her coat has been rubbed off (and grows back white) and the skin underneath appears to be a bit pink and irritated anf flakey. i stopped riding her for two weeks to let it heal. I bought a sheepskin cover for her girth and rode her for less than an hour today. Afterwards I notices the patches looked raw again?
Could it be a fugal infection? Could i be overtightening her girth? Should I buy a new girth? Can anyone reccomend one in paticular? I ride english.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-24-2008, 07:48 AM
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Typically the white hairs indicated a lot of pressure for a long time. You see it a lot on the withers of a horse whose saddle is too wide and is rubbing the withers as he is being ridden or one whose saddle is too tight and is pinching the withers.

If white hair is the effect then you may be tightening up way too tight. I've seen a lot of riders needing to do that on a horse with mutton withers and/or with a saddle that is not a good fit and they need to "cut their horse in half" to keep the saddle in place. An ill fitting saddle will have a tendency to roll a little when being ridden and that too may cause the problem.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-29-2008, 02:21 PM
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make sure the saddel fits properly. if it does, i would invest in a neopren waffle weave girth. it will make the horse sweat which in turn will make the girth slide over the horse insead of grabbing the horse. i use one for my Arabian gelding. he has sensitive skin and scars from my sister using a web girth. i would also make sure you dont have any skin bunched up under the girth after you tighten it. i always stretch my horses legs forwrd to 'unbunch' the skin.
i hoped this helped.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-30-2008, 07:25 AM
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I second trying neopren waffle weave girths. We switched to these a couple years ago and haven't had irritation problems since.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-30-2008, 05:11 PM
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I like a 100% mohair cinch. I don't know if they make them for english, if they do I recommend them highly.
I'm not a big fan of neoprene. I know it works great for some but I think it has a tendency to not breath and holds the sweat too long, thus causing galling.
Mohair may cost a little more but I think its well worth it. Check your saddle fit first of course

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