September 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm
My mare seems to get a couple of sores where
her girth is; So I have not rode her this summer.
these go away in the winter. I live in South East Idaho
so no flies in winter.
I tried diaper rash cream but didn’t keep flies off.
Something keeps opening it at night.
I also have used a spray to help healing, that works on healing to a point.
When I do ride; Bareback only. Any ideas on what to use to keep flies & such off? I have used a lot of sprays before….
Thanks 😉September 2, 2013 at 5:16 pmSAcresTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 21
Swat will keep the flies off of it. AluShield is also great.
Invest in a girth with real sheepskin, or at least a sheepskin girth cover. That is going to be the least likely to cause rubs.
Are you sure it isn’t sweet itch or something?
home to 6 overly spoiled, fat, shiny, adorable horses, and 4 cute barn kittiesSeptember 2, 2013 at 5:47 pmFadingTwilightTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 18
I agree, get a girth cover, or find a new girth. What kind of girth do you currently have?
Fishy!September 2, 2013 at 7:17 pmNinaJDTopics Started: 8Replies Posted: 139
I live in Idaho as well and my horses have gotten this spot as well.
Do you have no see ums in your pasture? They’re little flying bugs that are blood suckers. They cause some itching. If your horse gets lines of bites across her chest, you have them.
If you flood irrigate, you probably have them. They’re annoying and I have only found 1 spray that will repel and kill on contact. It’s by Farnam, and it’s in a blue bottle….spray and wipe.
What I do is clean it up, and put swat on it.
It doesn’t bother them, that I’ve noticed. I’ve ridden and the girth doesn’t seem to make it worse or anything.
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Pat ParelliSeptember 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm
I have heard of sweet itch before, that is one of the reasons
I have not put a saddle on her until I find something to get rid of
this. I ride a Australian saddle & the girth that came with it was a
very harsh material ( almost like burlap ).
I rode a few times but I didn’t like how it felt on my hands.
She didn’t have sores then. It was after I hadn’t rode for a spell
I found the sores starting to appear.
That is when I thought I should cover the girth; Did but seemed to
bother her just the same.
Then I thought next Spring I should try a neoprene girth.
I really like reading all of your help.
I need it 🙂 Because she is my 2nd horse. My 1st horse we had no problems
in Palm Springs, Ca. with stuff like that.September 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm
The sores do bleed at times; that is when I use (vetercyn) on them to
at least keep clean.
No lines on chest & none of the other horses get it. We have 3.
I just have not been able to ride this year because of health.
But I am going to try & do some next yr.
I hope I can clear this up by then
Thanks keep the hints & ideas coming ’cause I will use them if I
have to.September 2, 2013 at 7:46 pmanaliseTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 10
I would not use a neoprene girth, but then…my horse seems to get rubs from them so I’ve got mine covered.
I also got into the habit last year of putting liniment there after every ride. I don’t know if it helped or not but it made me feel better. 🙂
But like others said, if you want to keep the bugs off it…swat is going to be your best bet.
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