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[RC] An unusual case - very thin skin - magnumsmom

I have a very unusual case and I'm hoping someone out there
has an idea.  When my neighbor's horse was about 2 years
old he tried to clear a fence panel, got caught 1/2 way over,
and just about tore off his entire right front leg up between the
leg and rib cage.  (He was about a 1/4 inch from severing the
artery and bleeding to death.) 

He's 5 now and fully recovered (although the muscle tissue
in the area won't fully grow back).  However, the skin that is
over the old wound in the area is very thin and re-tears now
if he's cinched up close to that area or if he extends that leg
far enough.

We use more of a center fire rigging which works fine, but the
skin in the area will still tear when we work on his training
either saddled or at liberty.

Is there anything we can do to toughen up the skin there? 
We have gotten no answers or good ideas from the vets here.
(Not that we don't have excellent vets in NM...  ;-)  )  I don't
know if pin firing would help or not.  Any ideas are welcome.
Thanks!  You can email me directly at:

magnumsmom at aol . com.  

:) - Kathy
ps... a huge hello to all old and new friends out there...