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Bye Bye Tail Head

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  • lindsey_hames Original Poster
    Topics Started: 7Replies Posted: 11

    I accidently created a bad habit with my yearling…. I started scratching his butt and tail head because he got so goofy about how he would react. But now he has decided it is a good idea to do it to himself out in the field. I worm him regularly so it shouldn’t be a worm of any sort. I just need help with preventing damage to his tail and to our fences. How do I stop him?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I doubt you can stop him. One of mine utterly destroys his tail during the summer, and I think it is bugs. He will rub it out with or without a fly sheet.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
    Topics Started: 16Replies Posted: 249

    I am assuming you don’t have electric fences; if you did the youngster would not be rubbing on the fence. Have you considered adding an electric line or 2 to the fence at the height where he likes to rub? I have oak board fences, but I also have electric between the boards to keep the horses from chewing on the boards. Works like a charm.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    G&S – I do have electric fences, and Joe Joe just finds something other than the fence on which to rub out his tail. I don’t know what it is, but he is creative.

    It is never the horse's fault

    lindsey_hames Original Poster
    Topics Started: 7Replies Posted: 11

    I never thought about electric fence.. might give it a try. Maybe it would do the charm for my boys.

    Also, professional choice has a tail protector for the tail head. Does anyone have experience with them? I would like to try it would I hate to do more damage than good.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    If he is rubbing on purpose, I doubt that the protector thing would really help. My boy rubs all his hair off even with a tail flap.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pflady
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 25

    Are you sure he doesn’t have a dirty sheath? When my gelding starts butt rubbing, I clean his sheath and that ends the scratching and rubbing.

    Stopat4
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1

    I have an Egyptian Arabian and my vet calls this HYPERSENSITIVITY. There is a little fly that causes a lot of horses to react by rubbing the top of their tail and sometimes their mane. It has nothing to do with electric fences or worms. One of the easiest ways to know if that is probably the case is to see if the horse does it in the winter. Hypersensitivity usually will begin in March, peak in June/July and diminish by the end of October. Our vets solution to this is Zyrtec since it is an allergic reaction. He recommends the generic version from Walmart, Sam’s or Costco. My horse is about 900lbs. and she gets 12 tablets in the a.m. and 12 in the p.m. It is simply put in a little grain. It has almost completely alleviated her tail rubbing although she still turns her lip up if I am willing to scratch it for her. Before she was diagnosed I would clip the top 5 inches of her upper tailbone, giving it a dressage clip. This made the appearance much more tolerable (otherwise her tail hair will stick out as though it had been burned with a match). Good luck, I hope this helps.

    ksmithhe
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 3

    Have the PC tail protector and if they rub vigorously, it will slip down or rotate. If you put on too tightly, can actually injure the tail by cutting off blood supply. Not the best thing for turnout. Can work and has worked for my Arab, but have found out in sacrifice area or stall also and he is not that active, mostly backs into stall wall and rubs.

    ksmithhe
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 3

    24 Zyrtec a day has to get costly! I think the flies are midges? Very irritating. Dressage clip is a good idea!

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