Saddle SoresNo one likes to see saddle sores on their horse, because we know that we're responsible. Saddle sores don't happen on their own – they're caused by people.
The term "saddle sores" refers to sores on the saddle contact points of the horse. The sores can range from small lumps, to barren areas where the hair has rubbed off, to spots of white hair, to ugly open ulcers.
The sooner you discover and treat them (including the cause), the less severe they'll be.
The most common locations sores develop:
The main causes of saddle sores:
Saddle sores are a very visual sign of poor horsemanship technique. We all owe it to our horses to take the time to ensure a proper saddle fit, to take care of our tack and to develop our riding skill.