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Re: [RC] saddle sore help!!! - Ericka Nelson

i can tell you f rom personal experience that sometimes you have no choice
but to change saddles.  i tried everything with saddle pads.
i am now on my fourth saddle and ended up with a torsion treeless.  this
saddle issue came up when my horse was about eight, after two years of LD
and slow 50's.
we just completed our first 50, tour de washooooooooo,  using the torsion,
and artie shows absolutely no sign of soreness!!!!
so, maybe i'm wrong, but keep an eye on the saddle.
ps...artie's sore back first showed up under the cantle of a very nice
sharon saare, then under the points at the withers of wintec pro endurance
and then under the points of an ALBION (which is a very nice saddle and is
for sale, make offer!!!)
so, good luck, keep your eye on his sore spots and be prepared to change
saddles.
ericka

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Paus" <paus@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <Agilbxr@xxxxxxx>; <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 8:49 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] saddle sore help!!!


Sounds like my horse Star. I've tried dozens of
saddles and pad combos on him and have gotten some
awful skin problems from some of them.

I've found with my horse I can only use real wool pads
under him and need a saddle that gives a good air
channel over his spine, so I'm not resting directly on
his back.

I've had the best luck with a plain wool fleece Toklat
pad.. no rubbery stuff, just the wool fleece. And give
him some good time to heal up before you start riding
again. Corona Ointment is an old timey remedy but
really does help sooth owies like this.

chris
--- Agilbxr@xxxxxxx wrote:

About 4-5 months ago I bought a new pad.  It was a
toklat, with the rubbery stuff on it that is
supposed to keep it from slipping.  Well, it had a
web strip sewn over the seam that rubbed a raw spot
right on top of Alpine's spine, just behind where my
rear end sits the majority of it's weight.  I gave
him a couple weeks saddleless to let it heal, then
went with my english saddle for awhile because it
doesn't sit right on his spine.  The hair grew back
in white, and the skin right there was still
slightly thickened.  When he wasn't showing any more
reaction to it, I went back to my Abeta saddle, with
a fleecy pad (which is what I was riding in before
the first new pad).  All was fine with 2 hour rides,
and I then I did my first long ride of the
season...4 hours, fairly slow.  The spot swelled
right up, almost half an inch above normal skin
level, and is squishy to the touch, and of course,
sore.

So, what do I do.  My farrier suggested cutting a
hole in my saddle pad, which I tried (with the old
one that didn't bother him....), but that didn't
seem to help.  It definatly irritated the area.
So...am I back to bareback for awhile?  I put DMSO
on it tonight, and will go back to my english
saddle, but how do you get these things to heal,
preferably without having to take six months off.

Help!

Thanks in advance!
Juli and Alpine (ouch....)

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"A good horse makes short miles," George Eliot

Chris and Star

BayRab Acres
http://pages.prodigy.net/paus

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