Let me preface this post with the fact that I can be a Nervous Nancy about my animals.
|Large chunks are just wet saw dust; she is wet because I sponged her off hoping it would help the area.|
|The not-so-bad side that has since lost the hair, but not as bad as the left side.|
I noticed first one, and then the other, crop up on Q's back early last week. She'd had 4 days off work as I was out of town. So sometime between Wednesday Aug. 22 and Monday Aug. 27 these spots started up.
I never noticed any swelling, redness, tenderness, bleeding, etc. No signs whatsoever. By the time I noticed these spots (the larger one in particular as it is worse) they were SUPER flaky with dead skin and hair falling out. The hairs each had follicle + dead skin attached. This is being replaced by white hair. =(
The week prior to her issue was the week that our Spruce trip took place. Over that week she rode a total of 39 miles. 25 miles of long slow distance over gnarly terrain; 14 fast miles over flat-flat-flat (what...we have that inWV?!) terrain. I had washed two of her pads prior to the Spruce trip. Could the detergent coupled with long days in the saddle have agitated her?
I have NEVER noticed irregular sweat marks from my saddle/pads/girth. She got through all pre-race training without any issues. She has never been tender on her back. She doesn't flip her tail, pin her ears, pinch her nostrils/flinch away when I put a steady, heavy, equal pressure over an area. Sure, if I poke her with my finger she gets agitated and moves off it; I have pointy little fingers, I would move away from that, too!
I put Nu-Stock on both spots last Tuesday when I noticed them. The flakiness cleared up within the next day, definitely within two days. It appears that predominantly white hairs are growing in.
Is my saddle/pads/the way I ride affecting her?
Should I purchase something more along the lines of a Toklat woolback pad instead of my current all-purpose pads? (Something I'd planned to do, but didn't seem to be immediately necessary as she had no issues before...)
What does this sound like/look like to you?
How should I treat it? How would you treat it?
Do you have any experience with something like this?
Do I need to stop riding her? Apply anti-chafing/cooling/anything ointments?