Cinches

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  • heather_bryant Original Poster
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    What is a good cinch that doesn’t pinch or rub for a horse with sensitive skin and has already gotten girth itch 2x in a row.? I currently use a wool smart cinch and I wash it every so many months. I used to use a neoprene one but thought that it rubbed. I ride western. I think my horse has sensitive skin because when I squeegee her down after bath or when I’m scrubbing her during bath monthly belly and barrel area she starts biting at her lead rope and the hose and the metal bar. She’s just started doing it after having girth itch all over and now it is gone. She has a lot of flakes on her body too I wasn’t sure if it was dandruff or dead skin? I was told it may be dead skin. They are dark color not white. Have t ridden her in almost a month

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    If, as it seems, you are saying that she has this all over her body and not just in the girth area, then it would be a good idea to have your vet determine exactly what is causing it. Might not be the girth at all. If you are bathing her monthly, that might be causing dry skin. Horses really don’t need a bath that often. Grooming, yes – daily; but a complete bath too often can do more harm than good. It could also be caused by some dietary deficiency. In fact, the possible causes are legion, which is why a vet check should be the first thing to do. No sense in randomly guessing, and spending money for things that won’t address the problem.

    It is never the horse's fault

    ponygirl360 ponygirl360
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    My appaloosa has a similar problem–with the dark colored ‘skin’ rubbing off, very thin skin/hair coat, and easily developing sores. He also gets rubbed easily under his saddle pad. I have only had one vet look at this, and he gave me a medicated shampoo. This helped, but had to be done everyday. As soon as I stopped using the shampoo, the skin issue returned. I’m going to have someone else look at him to get a second opinion, but please, if you have any suggestions or find anything out, share it! Hope you figure out what the problem is!

    barb_ford
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    Ruling out any physical skin problems first is the best course of action to start with (of course). That being said, I LOVE & highly recommend Professional’s Choice Smx Comfort Fit Merino Wool Western Cinches for my sensitive pink-skinned mare.

    Sugarmouse Sugarmouse
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    Ruling out any physical skin problems first is the best course of action to start with (of course). That being said, I LOVE & highly recommend Professional’s Choice Smx Comfort Fit Merino Wool Western Cinches for my sensitive pink-skinned mare.

    I agree – can only use Merino Wool on my sensitive pink-skinned gelding. I use Toklat Woolback cinches.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    A neoprene girth shouldn’t have rubbed. I always try to smooth out the roles of skin in front of the girth to help keep from getting raw.
    But, there is a really good ointment called Fura-Zone. That is what I use for scrapes and minor cuts.

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