Blanket suggestions? Wither sore horse
I have a very very sensitive TB mare that I've owned for 3 years. The first winter she was fresh off the track and her feet needed a ton of rehab work, so she wasn't ridden all winter. Last winter we had saddle issues starting in the fall, that caused extreme back soreness issues. Toward the end of the winter (after 4 months of no riding) I noticed her soreness was worse when she was blanketed, better when not, and it had migrated from her loin area to her withers. Changed blankets (she was in the TAKA with a hood) and it did improve, but was still present until the weather was warm enough that she could go naked (of course with no riding).
We've had a very mild fall here, so I've not had to pull the blankets out until a month or so ago. Over thanksgiving, I noticed the dreaded wither soreness. Changed blankets again, to an ancient Orican she had worn my first winter with her that's on the small side....and she's improved, but still sore. She was wearing a Saxon.
Does anyone have any suggestions for the freakishly sensitive horse? I've been wondering if getting her a high neck turnout would help...the Taka supposedly had wither relief and that was the sorest I've ever seen her. She wore a Rhino high neck last year but was still slightly sore...although that wasn't the best fit for her.
Fit overall is good with all the blankets....not to low on the shoulder, not sagging or otherwise causing issues...
just curious if anyone else has dealt with this and what your suggestions were. She's on 24/7 turnout, and being ridden (I was actually hoping to do a trace clip over Thanksgiving but didn't because of the soreness) several times a week...so I'd prefer to not leave her naked, although that's certainly an option if need be.
I've had horses that rub, but never ones that can't wear a blanket period!