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RunningWind 12-06-2012 08:46 AM

Missing hair on withers
My horse has missing hair on the top of his withers. What do you think it is from and how do I fix it? It is really weird there is literally missing patches of hair just gone!

Saddlebag 12-06-2012 08:53 AM

Is your saddle rubbing this area. When you have ridden about 20 min. reach over and see if you can get two fingers held vertically under the gullet. If not you need a different saddle.

Muppetgirl 12-06-2012 09:17 AM

Do you blanket your horse? If you do, it could be a wither rub from your horses blanket....
Also, what comes to mind is her creeping under a fence to grab grass and coming up abruptly and knocking those withers.....
As said above though....check your saddle fit.....

jaydee 12-06-2012 09:25 AM

Its usually something rubbing - saddle, saddle pad, blankets though if you look at horses scratching each other in the field this seems to be a favourite spot so could be another horse being a bit too heavy with the social 'grooming' thing

Casey02 12-06-2012 10:17 PM

Check saddle fit first

Phly 12-06-2012 10:20 PM

Maybe bite marks?
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PunksTank 12-07-2012 12:08 AM

If all else has been ruled out - when you put your horse's saddle on, do you pull the pad up into the gullet of the saddle? Often times people put the saddle on the pad and the pad is pushed way too tight on their withers, pull it up into the gullet before each ride. I nag ALL my students about this - defeats the purpose of a well fit saddle to have the pad jammed on their withers xD

RunningWind 12-07-2012 01:32 PM

It is probably him trying to get the grass under the fence. What can I put on it to make the hair grow back?

WesternRider88 12-07-2012 03:59 PM

You could use MTG on it, maybe that will speed up the hair growth.

nvr2many 12-07-2012 04:12 PM


Originally Posted by RunningWind (Post 1788627)
It is probably him trying to get the grass under the fence. What can I put on it to make the hair grow back?

Doesn't really matter what you put on it. If he is doing it getting the grass and continues to do so................ point being, until you find out what is causing it and stop it, no point in trying to get it to grow back.

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