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post #1 of 5 Old 07-10-2018, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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do white spots cause permanent damage??

hi! so I bought a new quarter horse about 5 months ago. I recently realized she has white spots on her spine, I’m not sure if they are from my saddle or her previous owner because I didn’t know much about them so I didn’t really notice them. I’m training her to be a barrel horse and I’m wondering if there gonna affect her at all?? I have run my fingers down her spine multiple times and she doesn’t flinch or seem sore, nor does she act sore. just wondering if they cause permanent damage??
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-11-2018, 12:27 AM
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You shouldn't have any problems from them. At some point she had some rain rot or an poor fitting saddle. There's no permanent damage just the loss of color from the hair follicle. Just make sure no new spots develop. Have your saddle checked to make sure it's a good fit.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-11-2018, 04:33 AM
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White spots don't *cause* damage, but are the *result* of damage. Yes, they are permanent. The pain that would have been part of the damage is not necessarily ongoing though, depending on how bad it was.

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White spots don't cause damage themselves - they're the evidence of damage already done due to ill fitting tack. Before starting to ride this horse regularly, I'd check him out with a vet and a chiro to make EXTRA sure that he's clear for riding, and get him a fitting saddle with the help of a professional saddler to avoid further damage.
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I bought a horse that was four years old and came with white spots. My assumption was poor fitting saddle. My assumptions were based on seeing the white spots and previous owner told me that she wore an extra wide saddle and found that what really fits her is a med. wide.
When I first got her, she would buck when I asked her to canter. That could have been because she was only four and still unbalanced or it could be because she expected pain, not sure. At eleven, she still has the white spots but has never had any issues from it. I make sure that what I put on her fits her and she will let me know really quick if it doesn't. Some horses don't, they will just grin and bare it until they no longer can.

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