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Horselovers out there? - need advice


cats_123 e2
10 4.2k 25 Northern Ireland
24 Aug 2012 4:31PM
don't want to go making a fuss where unnecessary, but just been out for a walk and saw this `lad' exercising a pony & trap..thought I had one or two decent shots but then noticed that the horse's body looked a little raw where the straps went round it's girth (am not up on the technical terms).

Q Do you think this looks as though the horse might be in distress?

or just tell me that it's normal?

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rhol2 e2
3 319 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 4:58PM
I'm not a qualified expert, but this looks wrong.The girth appears to be rubbing and chafing, causing what are known as "Girth Galls", if the horse is susceptible to this a special padded "anti-gall" girth should be used. It might be worth showing a copy of the pic to a Vet.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
24 Aug 2012 5:09PM
collywobles 10 3.4k 9 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 5:18PM
These people have no respect for you, the animal or females - its part of their culture to use ! They are a law to themselves!
Sus 10 3.2k 9 England
24 Aug 2012 5:20PM
Bleeding is never normal! Well spotted.

Any chance you could just speak to the trap owner? It is the sort of thing they might have missed, I'm always missing matts and grass seeds etc on my dogs. They may be interested in the padded girth.
cats_123 e2
10 4.2k 25 Northern Ireland
24 Aug 2012 5:39PM
Thanks for those thoughts....it didn't look right Sad

RSPCA was my first thought...knowing the locals, I don't think i would want to get into that sort of discussion

There are one or two trap owners around here, but this was only a lad of say 13/14 yr old. I have his picture, so think I will report this to the RSPCA
Quote:Or the RSPCA.

http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/helpandadvice/reportinganimalsindistress



many thanks for the link...I signed up to the RSPCA website...have to say it wasn't easy to find a link for this sort of thing

thanks everyone
catgirl73 6 142 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 5:43PM
As someone who has been involved with horses since I was 12, that is no way acceptable or normal.

There are no excuses for the girth rubbing the skin raw or causing it to bleed.

You should be able to fit at least 3-5 fingers in between the girth and the skin.

Poor horse.
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
24 Aug 2012 6:03PM
Definitely chaffing I'd say. Infection could set in as the skin is raw, let alone being very painful for the horse. Poor thing. Sad


Quote:You should be able to fit at least 3-5 fingers in between the girth and the skin.
The girth should be tight, not loose when riding. Not sure about when pulling a buggy though.
cats_123 e2
10 4.2k 25 Northern Ireland
24 Aug 2012 6:25PM
thanks...RSPCA do not have any jurisdiction in my area so have reported it to USPCA (Ulster charity)
Sus 10 3.2k 9 England
24 Aug 2012 8:02PM

Quote:.I signed up to the RSPCA website...have to say it wasn't easy to find a link for this sort of thing


Website is a nightmare isn't it - makes you want to give up the whole thing halfway through! Hope USPCA are able to do something.
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 11:43AM
At first glance it does look like girth damage, and would imply broken skin some way beyond ordinary girth galls.
At the same time there is a heavy mark forward of the girth a few inches, which could be a field or stable injury, possibly a kick from another horse or a scrape on barbed wire or a sharp stick. It looks as though this has been sponged down to clean it.

I do think the horse has been groomed, and no-one could miss it unless it had just happened, and it doesn't look as though it has.

Definitely something wrong though. I suppose it is difficult to approach someone when they are going past at a smart trot, but if the opportunity were there I would be inclined to ask what happened, in a friendly sort of way.

In my own locality I would probably call our equine protection lady, and send the picture, but I don't know if all areas have those.
It's a distinctive pony and a smart rig, so it should be well known.

It occurs to me, World Horse Welfare might be useful http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/contact

"Concerns about a horse?

If you have concerns about the welfare of a horse, please call our Welfare Hotline at 08000 480 180 with as much detail as possible about the condition of the horse(s)."
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 11:49AM

Quote:You should be able to fit at least 3-5 fingers in between the girth and the skin
puzzled me for a moment, then I thought, squeezed in flat makes sense
cats_123 e2
10 4.2k 25 Northern Ireland
25 Aug 2012 1:44PM

Quote:At first glance it does look like girth damage, and would imply broken skin some way beyond ordinary girth galls.
At the same time there is a heavy mark forward of the girth a few inches, which could be a field or stable injury, possibly a kick from another horse or a scrape on barbed wire or a sharp stick. It looks as though this has been sponged down to clean it.

I do think the horse has been groomed, and no-one could miss it unless it had just happened, and it doesn't look as though it has.

Definitely something wrong though. I suppose it is difficult to approach someone when they are going past at a smart trot, but if the opportunity were there I would be inclined to ask what happened, in a friendly sort of way.

In my own locality I would probably call our equine protection lady, and send the picture, but I don't know if all areas have those.
It's a distinctive pony and a smart rig, so it should be well known.

It occurs to me, World Horse Welfare might be useful http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/contact

"Concerns about a horse?

If you have concerns about the welfare of a horse, please call our Welfare Hotline at 08000 480 180 with as much detail as possible about the condition of the horse(s)."



have reported it, so I'll see what happens...on another shot, not uploaded, there were similar marks under the front left leg `armpit'...

I would think that some local vet must be aware of these ponies...hopefully a quiet word will help Smile
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
25 Aug 2012 1:53PM
I imagine it's just ignorance on the part of the owner, rather than lack of concern - hope so anyway.
Tooth 9 5.8k 227 Ireland
25 Aug 2012 6:44PM
Someone who's that ignorant shouldn't be let near an animal..

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