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post #1 of 6 Old 07-23-2011, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Girth too tight?

I noticed today that Lucky has 2 little sores right in front of where the girth(cinch?) lays a little behind his front leg. The girth itself is long enough its just under the saddle pad on both sides. He could have gotten the sores elsewhere but I am not a big believer in coincidence. So does that mean I am tightening it too much? It looks like they could be from it pinching him? The girth is a western style padded with what appears to be felt. I don't want to hurt him.

As a side note, they don't appear to need vet attention but I should I put something on them? Antibiotic or antibacterial cream?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-23-2011, 12:10 PM
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my girl got those when i used a fleece cinch on her, i then went back to my string cinch and she doesn't get them anymore, it's a possibility that they are, or maybe if you are using a new cinch maybe he's allergic?

we put Scarlet Oil on it and it healed right up i na few days, just don't ride while it heals if possible.

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I got the saddle and girth from his previous owner but he hasn't been ridden in it in months before I got him. They had been riding him English. I will likely try a new girth if it happens again after these heal up.
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this is a very common thing do not stress but also it is not an okay thing.
it is where the girth is rubbing him raw.
what I do to prevent it is to strech out the front legs after I tighten the girth, this helps prevent the skin from bunching up underneath the girth also it could have to do with placement - be sure you are properly tacking your horse up.
as for putting something on it VETERICYN is amazing for almost everything!!
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It sounds to me like he has cinch galls. Not an uncommon thing but usually happens because the cinch is either fitted incorrectly, the cinch is dirty, or the horse is sensitive in the girth area from being out of work for so long. They are fairly common on young horses that are just being brought into work (and older ones who are being brought back). Their balance isn't great under saddle and that causes the saddle to move a lot and the cinch to rub.

I am a huge fan of Mohair string girths, they work well on many horses, wick moisture, and have some give to them. If the buckles on the cinch come up to just underneath the saddle pad on both sides, though, likely the cinch is too long for that horse and that could be causing your problems. On my typical built stock horses, I use a 28" girth (sometimes a 30" if they have a bigger barrel).

This is a 30" on this mare and she is about medium sized.

As for something to put on them, I swear by Bickmore Gall Salve. It was designed for working plow horses but works just as well on saddle horses. What you do is apply a layer to the sore before and after each ride and they will heal up quickly (this stuff keeps the flies off too). They encourage you to keep using the horse because that helps the salve work better and the sores heal faster. Of course, it won't help until you get the cinch fit issue fixed first.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-23-2011, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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The strap on the left(latigo?) is a bit short so I have to pull it pretty tight to get it to tie. Between that and the long cinch I am thinking it must be a fit problem. He hasn't been out of work and the cinch doesn't seem dirty. Ill try a longer strap and a mohair. Thanks all :) and I am off to find some bickmore as he can't be out of work long. He gets way too much go when he's out work :)
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