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post #1 of 5 Old 08-05-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Question about girth rub?

My horse got a small girth rub, not a bad one, just the hair rubbed off. I tried a different girth today, but he kept swinging his head towards the girth so it was clearly hurting him. I got off right away and the rub wasn't any worse, but just a small patch of raw skin. I put medicine on it and got a fleece girth cover, and I'll be using a different girth.
My question is, how long should I wait before I try riding him in this? Should I wait until it's completely healed or try this and see if it's okay? Thanks.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-05-2012, 05:23 PM
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Until it has healed, anything that rubs against it will rub it raw and hurt him. Imagine you've got new shoes that have rubbed your heels raw - it takes a while before it's not sore doesn't it? The skin in the girth area is quite soft and delicate, unlike our well-trodden feet - so however soft a fleece girth cover is, it's still going to cause friction on a raw patch.

Best wait for it to heal, then use the girth with the Fleece cover.
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I'd treat the rub, and give him a break and just ground school for about a week. IMO string girths and fleece, even synthetic fleece help prevent this. Plus, some horses are just more sensitive that others. Here's hoping for a fast recovery. When I've taken more horses from Central IL summer to 11,000 ft. (Co Rockies) on vacation, they've put on a coat in about 3 days, so it won't take too long to grow back. =D
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Alright, thanks, that's what I was wondering :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-07-2012, 01:39 PM
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Try a sheep wool girth cover. My horse had the same issue and it helped. I dont use it during shows. I just use it during practice and training

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