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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec. 18, 2012

    Question Treatment for a raw shoulder?

    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?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct. 5, 2009


    Is this a blanket rub?
    I would remove all blankets to let it heal, then put the slinky on.
    Is she wearing something new? Has she changed shape/ grown?

    I have seen a horse walk out of its stall on three legs because of a blanket rub, found a better fitting blanket and he was fine.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar. 9, 2003
    Baldwin, MD


    I agree with finding a blanket that fits well (if this is a blanket rub). I have also found show-sheening shoulders daily helps with some rubbing.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr. 2, 2004
    Louisville, KY


    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.
    Strong promoter of READING the entire post before responding.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep. 22, 2010


    For the future, I've had great success with the Bossy Bib's for preventing rubs - you can get them on eBay.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May. 4, 2003


    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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