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Equine Diseases - Saddle Sores
Description of Equine Saddle SoresTweet
Equine Saddle Sores
Saddle sores symptoms range from raised blisters over the saddle area to tender areas of heat and pain, white/grey patches reflecting uneven pressure and suppressed circulation, areas of hair loss, crusty scabs and calluses.
As your horse will be in severe pain, your vet may have to sedate your horse to examine and diagnose saddle sores. The first step in treatment of saddle sores is total rest with no riding or saddling. Repeated washing with a recommended solution will be next. The saddle sores must be kept dry and the application of a cold compress will help. A stimulating ointment will be prescribed for application and massaging into the saddle sores. Application of iodine may also be recommended to prevent infection. Petroleum jelly helps to reduce the rubbing of the girth.