Having issue with little paint horse and saddle pressure sore. PROBLEM SOLVED!!
I've been dealing with this since January so it's time for professional COTH help.
My Mom's lil paint horse, Toby
has a pressure sore on his back. Both of my saddles show even sweat spots on him and he moves very nicely in them. In theory they fit fine.
But since the start, they rub a 1" by 1" round sore on his back (left side) towards the rear end of the saddle. His back is mostly brown but it's white where the rub mark shows. So that's the most sensitive skin on his back to make matters worse.
Jan: He started out VERY crooked and would always try to carry me on his left side to the point where my butt print on the saddle after riding was NOT centered.
The sore did heal at one point when we added extra pads and his summer coat grew in--he had been clipped.
Now, he's straighter, drifts right less, and my butt prints are centered. YEY for centered butt cheeks!!
***I had been using two sheep skins and a thin line on him but I don't think they are a 100% cure for the issue. I can still see some rubbed skin. In the Texas heat they just get soaked, squished, and become not soft anyhow...
He does NOT get ridden lightly and his flat work is exceptional enough [for a little paint horse] that I sit most of the time now to do all the fun lateral work. So with increased work and lateral movement it looks like his back is rubbed again...
His dressage days are usually 1+ hours.
I hate big pads. But ya gatta do what ya gatta do.
so I was thinking about getting one of these in 1/2":
I think I could cut out the section that falls over his pressure sore and use just a thin square pad underneath instead of a sheepskin.
Anyone ever do anything like this?
I'm really out of ideas.
clueless, Purp. :confused: