Saddle sores

Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Saddle Sores

Collar Galls

Saddle sores are abrasions over or just behind the withers on a horse's back caused by an ill-fitting saddle. An early indicator that a saddle doesn't fit is the appearance of dry spots on the horse's back after riding. Horse owners should periodically check the fit of their saddle on the horse, since their body changes which can affect the fit.


Dry spots on back after riding
Muscle soreness in back
Heat, swelling and pain
Abrasions in back


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam



Changing to proper-fitting tack
Rest from work until sores heel

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