Conditions or ailments that are the cause of a problem that you see - your observation.

Your vet may diagnose

Saddle Sores


Saddle sores occur when focal pressure develops in an area from an ill-fitting saddle that damages skin and tissue resulting in hair loss, abrasion, or a full thickness skin wound.

Treatment requires rest to allow healing. Prevent re-injury with the use of a proper fitting saddle. In cases where a horse must stay in work under saddle, sometimes holes be cut in the saddle pad to protect the area.

Occasionally, infections of the withers can occur secondary to saddle induced trauma. These can be confused with fistulous withers, a potentially contagious disease.

my vet's role


The prognosis is good if the problem is corrected and saddle fit is remedied.

further reading & resources

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP