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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question Girth pain?

My show horse is a 19 year old thoroughbred (I know, he's old, but he doesn't act like it!) And i love love love him to pieces! Theres just one problem. He is suffering from really bad pain in his girth area and withers. We get a lady out to see him and she seems to help. But a couple of months later its back again. I'm really worried about him. At one stage it was so bad that I did up the girth and he dropped to the floor! Has anyone heard of something like this before?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-14-2012, 04:21 PM
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You don't mention if you are using english or western tack, what kinds of pads and girths, etc. but there could be a couple of things going on.
First, a basic health check by a vet is always a good start, he can check for sensitive areas by palpating the horse. No big deal.
Second, your saddle should be fitted by a professional to ensure that it isn't pinching anywhere or applying too much pressure in one area. Many saddles need adjusting.
Third, you may want to try a gel filled girth, I used one for my daughter's thoroughbred as they tend to be sensitive.
Fourth, do up the girth very slowly, walk him a few steps, do it up some more.
Make sure that he is not bloated with food or water before tacking.
Lastly, search out an equine acupuncturist or equine physiotherapy specialist, they are well worth it.
Good Luck with this, don't give up

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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He's a hack, so english I got a saddle specially fitted for him (Its beautiful!!) and i use an anti-pressure anti-gall girth. We have an acupuncturist and massage therapist come out every month or so, and it really does seem to be helping him. I use a back pad and rise pad as his wither is extremely steeply sloped. But thankyou for the advice, i will try a physio specialist. I wont be giving up any time soon, he's my baby, i love him to bits
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