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post #21 of 33 Old 01-27-2015, 08:25 PM
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Glad somebody besides me knows that^^.
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True fistula withers - and poll even 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.
Montana where I live is free from Brucellosis...but thanks.The vet said it wasn't the saddle,the previous owner hadn't ever had a problem with it,and hadn't ridden her all summer,since she was training other horses of her own, hence the reason she had to sell Princess.She really didn't want to,but realized she needed to let somone else enjoy her for the rest of her life.She was very sorry to hear that about Princess and said nope,nothing like that had ever happened.The vet said it had been there a while.So it more than likely came out of nowhere...since Princess' saddle fits great.So...hoping it doesn't come back.
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Interesting about the bacteria problem. I thought it was generally swelling/scar tissue that was referred to. And a client yesterday had a horse diagnosed with 'fistulars' not on her wither but scapula - big lumps over the cartilage extension of the top/rear of the scapula! Made her look like she had a double jointed shoulder!
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Most states are brucillosis free these days---until one shows up, and it DOES happen.
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Interesting about the bacteria problem. I thought it was generally swelling/scar tissue that was referred to. And a client yesterday had a horse diagnosed with 'fistulars' not on her wither but scapula - big lumps over the cartilage extension of the top/rear of the scapula! Made her look like she had a double jointed shoulder!
wow that is interesting...princess had one on her scapula too,but mostly on the withers. the shoulder was very swollen!!!looked very awful.. but she is getting better so happy!!
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Most states are brucillosis free these days---until one shows up, and it DOES happen.
The vet would have said if it would have been brucillosis... he is a ranch vet and a cattle rancher, he doctors everything from cows to dogs,llamas, horses and even cats i think.MT hasnt had a case in years... but thanks
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If a saddle is too tight on a horse, or it's built downhill, the saddle will jam the edge of the shoulder blades. This can cause scar tissue to form. The shoulders need to be able to move freely underneath the bars.



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How can i measure it myself to make sure my saddle fits my horses? they do and are perfect fits,but in case i ever get another horse how can i do it myself to make sure? We don't have saddle fitters here, and i cant find any explanations on doing it yourself to make sure your saddle fits,without a saddle fitter.It would be a big help!
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Often walking beside the saddle horse allows you to watch how freely the shoulder moves under the bars. Do this without a pad. A trainer used an ill-fitting saddle on my twh and couldn't figure out why he wouldn't move.



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Unless swabs were taken and tested then no one knows if it were true fistular or not.
MO might be brucellosis free in cattle but I bet some deer still carry it.
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Dapple, there is plenty online about assessing saddle fit. Balance International have a lot of stuff on their site. Basic rules are that the fork/bars of the front of the saddle should be at least about 2" behind the back of the scapula when the horse is standing(allows for extension), that the gullet/channel is wide enough to clear the spine at least an inch either side of the spine. That weightbearing is even from front to back, and that the tree/weightbearing doesn't extend past the last rib onto the lumbar spine.
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