I came home today to find that my horse has rubbed her shoulder raw. It's swollen and tender. I have applied an antibacterial cream, and I'm going to get a shoulder protector, but I'm not sure whether to put anything like a gauze between the skin and the protector? I'm worried that the protector will rub it more and it is already very sore.
Have I done the right thing?
The best thing to do is leave it uncovered for as long as you can. Even if it's just 2 or 3 days, that will make a big difference. Everyday that it gets to be uncovered and heal will lead to better results and less pain for your horse. If you live somewhere that it is not an option to leave it uncovered, then just use the slinky, no gauze. They are made of non-rub material and once they are on, they don't move enough to rub.
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Sounds like the blenket is too tight around the shoulders and she should have one that has those big pleats in the front. With my bigshouldered mare, I bought her one that was 2" larger than the proper measurement said.
It can also cause rubs if it sits lop-sided on her.
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