Originally Posted by Abby
The dry spots could be caused by air flow, or the three could be fitting to tightly there, pinching it to teh point where it can't even sweat. It throws me off though, there are sweat marks above, on the wither, which is where most dry spots happen. It could be Airflow. I would take your thumb nail and put a moderate ammount of pressure and slide it over the dry spot and see if he acts sore. Also check if it has a lot of heat in that area, because if its from air flow, it shouldn't be too hot.
the spots are below where the tree is....there is no tree there to put pressure on so I don't think it's the tree. I believe it is just air flow but then again I could be wrong. I tried pressing all around his back and there was no sensitivity...a few flickering of muscles but he does that no matter what place a touch whether it's his back leg, stomach, withers, neck, every place. I think he's ticklish hehe
I'll ride with that saddle again on Thursday...take more pictures and press there with my thumb nail...but I think if anything he'll move to the side with that...he's fairly good about moving when I press against him.
Also, the tree wouldn't go that far deep into the side, nor in that funny of shape where there is points and so on...the more I look at the picture, the more I believe it's air flow
I can't remember how hot each part was...when I was feeling it, I was feeling it for moisture...not heat...I know it was hot, but can't recall if it was as hot as the parts that was sweating.