Girth gall in horses

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Girth gall in horses - Vetster

Girth galls in horses are skin sore that develop due to friction between the girth or harness the horse.  Galls are also named as girth blisters.  Girth galls occur when the girth pinches and girth is dirty or hard or a horse has sensitive skin.  Girth galls are very painful condition to a horse. If you find skin sores on your horse, you must call your veterinarian.

Symptoms of Girth gall in horses

Symptoms  include one or more of the following: 

  • The wound on the skin
  • Sore
  • Blisters
  • Swollen lump under the skin
  • Pus in the lesions
  • Loss of hair
  • Sticky serum around the open sore
  • Inflammation of skin

Treatment of Girth gall in horses

Treatment of girth gall involves careful cleaning with a saline solution or hydrogen peroxide and gives a thick, protective ointment. You need to stop riding the horse until the sore heals completely.  Anti-inflammatory medication and ice packs can be used to reduce inflammation. A topical ointment may also be prescribed when there is a bacterial or fungal infection.

The veterinarian will suggest having your horse refitted for correct equipment by a reputable saddler. Further infection can often be prevented by using wool or synthetic fleece-lined Girths.

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