Mane Rubs and Short Thin Tail

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    I use Aleodine on our quarter horse who is allergic to noseeums. I’ll wash her once to twice a week focusing on the mane, tail and underbelly, then add swat to help with the itchiness on her belly. I’ll also use listerine on her tail to help relieve the itchiness.

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    Hi Summer,
    What an annoying problem! When I bought my mare she had a very unruly mane and tail that showed signs of rubbing, and I took a couple of steps. 1. I started her on a hoof supplement (really to help her hooves, but I knew that it would also promote mane and tail growth, and healthy skin–I chose Farrier’s Formula Double Strength). 2. I took to washing her mane and tail with Head & Shoulders Anti-Itch shampoo, and then conditioning them with Head & Shoulders Full & Strong conditioner. 3. I also apply Original MTG, washing it out with the Head & Shoulders and reapplying about 2x a week. It took a couple of weeks to see any difference, but I have not had a problem with rubbing since. I have not been washing her mane or tail now that it’s cold, but I do check her crest and tail bone to make sure that the skin is still healthy and flake free. So far, so good! Good luck, I hope this helps!

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    On the braiding comment – if done correctly braiding and using tail bags can work because it protects the hair from damage however it is not making it grow any faster, just preventing it from breaking. If done wrong, a braided / wrapped tail can cause serious damage – a gelding at our property is evidence of that – half his tail fell out at the dock and it is scabbed and gross. It must be clean, and wrapped in such a way that the weight is not pulling at the root. **Obviously if you have good results from braiding, you are doing something right.

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    I have an aged (30 yrs) Swedish Warmblood who has a naturally thin mane and tail who will occasionally rub his mane if he gets dry, flakey skin. As a hairstylist, I like to use either a moisture shampoo or a Tea Tree shampoo with a heavy duty moisture conditioner, (that I don’t totally rinse out). In the winter, I’ll hot towel the mane/tail then use a rubber tipped brush with somewhat flexible bristles or a jelly scrubber mitt and “scrub” the skin to loosen up the dry skin flakes, then spray in something like Carr & Day & Martin Canter Silk Mane & Tail Condtioner…it’s great and makes my horse’s tail and mane look twice as thick! I have found spraying Listerine and rubbing it into the skin to help as well. If you think fleas may be the issue, I recommend using De Flea pet shampoo (the best I’ve found so far for fleas for my dog). DO NOT USE BLEACH on the skin…it is caustic and can blister the skin (pour some diluted onto your own skin and see what happens!). I will however used a bleach/1 part & water/8 parts solution for controlling thrush…applied to the hoof sole only! Many horses with dry, itchy skin may actually have an internal issue. I give my horse 4 oz daily of GROUND Flax seed meal which is high in Omega 3 fatty acids…it’s very inexpensive (I buy it in bulk) and good for your horse and you too! Good Luck and Happy Trails!

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