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post #11 of 33 Old 12-09-2014, 07:57 AM
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OP...sounds like your on the road to recovery and letting your new mare recover from the fistulas. When you think she is clear and healthy, before you do ride, have your vet come out and re-evaluate her, looking and touching and pushing on the areas that they were at. As Saddlbags said, it may still be a bit of tenderness deeper down.

Also, maybe use a thicker saddle pad for the first few rides once you do start, to give her withers extra padding.
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OP...sounds like your on the road to recovery and letting your new mare recover from the fistulas. When you think she is clear and healthy, before you do ride, have your vet come out and re-evaluate her, looking and touching and pushing on the areas that they were at. As Saddlbags said, it may still be a bit of tenderness deeper down.

Also, maybe use a thicker saddle pad for the first few rides once you do start, to give her withers extra padding.
Yes, get the reassurance from your vet that she is healed and feels no pain anymore Once you get that into your head, and you are not afraid of hurting her, treat her as normal.
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If your horse has/had fistulous withers, then chances are, if you just got her, it wasn't the first time she reacted in pain from it - previous owner's hurtful saddle, who knows how much - so who knows whether her association & 'dirty looks' are already a habit.
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she has gotten way better-i can now lean on her shoulder and against it without any problems and she acts like there is nothing there.Not sure if the vet will be able to come out again or not,we will have to see. Thanks!
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If your horse has/had fistulous withers, then chances are, if you just got her, it wasn't the first time she reacted in pain from it - previous owner's hurtful saddle, who knows how much - so who knows whether her association & 'dirty looks' are already a habit.
the trainer we got her from hasnt ever had any problems with her though so not quite sure if it had happened before or not...? i could ask, thanks
oh and rode her the night we saw her and watched her saddle up princess,she acted like there was no pain and the saddle was very comfortable on her,very nice saddle and fit her really good.
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Give her time to heal. Someone rode her with ill fitting saddles. If you press in the area they were at, and she dips or reacts with pain, then don't ride her. It could take a while to completely heal. I would see if the Vet could come out again. Make sure your saddle pad is cushioned, they have some really nice pads now, sort of spendy, but they would worth it for your horse.
make sure the saddle fits correct . Good luck.
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Old cowboy trick was to use a wool felt pad and cut a hole so the pad doesn't touch the area. By wool felt pad that's 100% wool, not the synthetic or part synthetic.



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You need to stay on top of this, and don't put anything on this horse until vet says it is completely cleared up. The problem with these are that gravity will cause any infection to eat a channel down, and may appear healed up at top, but under that skin and hair is major trouble.

Horses used to die from this.
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You need to stay on top of this, and don't put anything on this horse until vet says it is completely cleared up. The problem with these are that gravity will cause any infection to eat a channel down, and may appear healed up at top, but under that skin and hair is major trouble.

Horses used to die from this.
They did? I dont recall they did... Princess she is doing way better,and i spoke with her previous owner,hadnt ridden her all summer hardly,thats why she needed to sell Princess.So it wasnt a saddle,I read that it can come out of nowhere also.Which seems to be the case here.It makes sense.BUt she is doing great and its only a very short matter of time til we can ride her.We will have to build her up though,since she isnt used to being ridden long.
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True fistula withers - and poll evil was caused by Brucellosis and animals, including humans did die from it.

As said, any abscess on the withers has trouble draining and can appear healed but will break out again.

As true fistular is rare. This sore was probably caused by an ill fitting saddle.

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