What it means: Your saddle is rubbing against your horse’s skin, causing the hair to break. This can happen if your saddle doesn’t fit properly, and moves too much when your horse is working. These types of rubs can occur in almost any area, although they’re especially common under your seat. Isolated rubs also can appear if there’s a piece of loose leather or hardware, or if something is broken and rubbing against the horse’s skin.
Action: Check saddle fit. Find a pad that helps to hold it securely in place, even when your horse is working. For an isolated rub, check the area of your tack that’s in contact with that location on your horse’s skin, then fix anything that could be rubbing. If everything seems perfect with your saddle, consider a sheepskin pad directly against your horse’s skin. Sheepskin is an excellent choice for reducing friction, and really can help a sensitive horse. Bald spots and broken hair are early warning signs of trouble. As soon as you see them, take steps to correct the problem before they progress to open sores.
Sign #5: Bumpy Back
What you see: Look for hard nodules on your horse’s back. Just like dead spots and rubs, these nodules are most commonly seen under where you sit. They’re also common on either side of the withers. You may see them only on one side, especially if your horse is asymmetrical or you have a tendency to sit crookedly in the saddle. These hard nodules are rarely painful for your horse.
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