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post #1 of 10 Old 07-22-2018, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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HELP!! Does anyone know what this is or how to care for it?

Our horse has got a injury. It is behind both back legs and worse on the right side then the left. We are thinking that it is due to saddle rub? But we are unsure if it is or not and how to care for it. His hair is peeled off and looks as if fresh skin is starting. But no open wounds. Does anyone know what would cause this? What it’s from? And how to care for it? (See picture) F80CD5F6-E5B6-4BF8-9D27-4CBED2568118_1532288393743.jpg
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-22-2018, 05:24 PM
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It looks like it could be a girth gall, especially if he's been ridden a lot lately. Did you recently switched to a new cinch, like a neoprene one? A friend of mine had a horse that would gall from neoprene. It looked similar.

It will probably heal on it's own (if it's a girth gall) just by not using the girth that did it. But if you want to put something soothing on it, there are ointments made for that. "Corona Ointment" is one but I've seen others. I know the Corona Ointment has a lot of lanolin in it.

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-22-2018, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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We do use a neoprene cinch on him. But we have never had problems before with one on him and he’s had one for years. But we have been practicing barrels a lot lately so that’s probably why. Thank you so much!
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I had a friend who's horse would lay in his stall and his hooves would rub in that area. They had to put these rubber donuts around his fetlocks to keep him from doing it. Not sure if that's what it is or not. Looks like it could be from the girth as well.

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-22-2018, 05:49 PM
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Any kind of wound ointment will help heal it. Examine your cinch for dried sweat, mud, etc.that may have irritated the skin. When you cinch your horse, after the final tightening get in the habit of manually stretching each front leg forward to make sure those delicate "arm pit" skin folds aren't pinched in the girth. Also double check the position of your saddle, it may be a little too forward.
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I would say it's the neoprene then. Why now and not before, I don't know. Longer rides, harder rides, horse developed an allergy? Who knows. Maybe it causes a heat rash because it doesn't breathe.

I would try a mohair cinch if you can buy one. I have never had a horse gall with mohair. I think the key is that it's breathable and a natural fiber. I love them.

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I'll ditto the girth gall. This has been around for years to clear it up. https://www.statelinetack.com/item/b...398-adType^PLA

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Any kind of wound ointment will help heal it. Examine your cinch for dried sweat, mud, etc.that may have irritated the skin. When you cinch your horse, after the final tightening get in the habit of manually stretching each front leg forward to make sure those delicate "arm pit" skin folds aren't pinched in the girth. Also double check the position of your saddle, it may be a little too forward.

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post #9 of 10 Old 07-22-2018, 11:35 PM
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Neoprene breaks down over time. Make sure that your neoprene girth is still flexible and doesn't have any cracks or rough/sharp spots on it. Wipe it down well and clean it, then examine it closely.

If it starts happening more often, you should replace your cinch. Horses prone to galls often do well with a mohair or fleece cinch.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-23-2018, 03:28 AM
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when starting the youngsters often they would get here pimples under the girth area, it is a bacterial infection from sweat.

Make sure your girth is clean and they the area is well washed after riding, threat with malt vinegar. Using a greasy based ointment will block the sweat glands causing more problems.
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