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 include one or more of the following:
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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Carpitis is inflammation of the soft connective tissues on the surface of the bones of the carpus of a horse. The horse carpus is the equivalent of the human knee joint. This inflammation can involve the fibrous joint capsule, synovial membrane, and associated ligaments and bones of the carpus.
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