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    09-24-2009, 02:14 PM
broken tail hair

My palamino mare has short broken hairs at the top of her tail. She rubs her tail sometimes. I have read about tail bags and wraps but I don' t know anything about them. Can anyone tell me what the best method is to get these hairs to grow out.
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    09-24-2009, 02:33 PM
Green Broke
Usually rubbing the tail doc is a sign of needing to be wormed...have you done that recently? That might prevent any further rubbing.

Tail have to be careful with them because they can cause further damage if not put on correctly or if the horse is rubbing more. I used one and it broke the heck out of my horses tail. Some of the other members here might have further help for ya, sorry!
    09-24-2009, 02:43 PM
Make sure your horses is wormed and that their tail is clean (if it isn't they may be wanting to itch and that is what is breaking the hair)

I like Infusium people shampoo and conditioner for my horses tails and manes :)
    09-24-2009, 02:51 PM
My horse has done this EVERY summer since I bought him in 2000. The only thing that I found works is to make sure you worm properly and timely. Also, I would make sure I cleaned it everyday and applyed MicroTek and I would rub it into his tail. It usually helped stop the rubbing, yet it would take until Sept/Oct to really grow back to how it was. Hope this helped.
    09-25-2009, 10:06 AM
Thank you everyone for your help!
    09-25-2009, 11:03 AM
If your horse has been wormed then its obviously something else. All of my horses (girls) will rub their tails if anything south of the barrel itches
Check the tail bone, is the skin scaly or dry? Does she need wiped off under her tail? Check between the teets/udders has it gotten caked with dirt?
A simple cleaning can do wonders. Give her a look to make sure something isn't just needing cleaned. I use MTG if the tail dock/bone skin is dry. It also claims to help regrow the hair. I use a damp cloth to clean everything else.
    09-29-2009, 01:49 PM
I got some MTG and am trying that for now. I am also paying more attention to the teat and behind area to keep it cleaner. I hope this works. Thanks for all the input. I will keep you posted on the progress.
    09-30-2009, 09:25 AM
Manes & tails

Originally Posted by majustesen    
My palamino mare has short broken hairs at the top of her tail. She rubs her tail sometimes. I have read about tail bags and wraps but I don' t know anything about them. Can anyone tell me what the best method is to get these hairs to grow out.
Worming is essential but mine just like to "scratch".
I have been putting MTG on their mane & tails,this makes them grow. I bathe them really good and then saturate the tail & manes with the MTG,usually just at the base in the hair line,then it will distru=ibute itself over a few days. It doesn't smell to good,smells like ham grease to
But it has been working really good. You leave this in and when you brush their mane & tails use a bristle brush or a brush with nylon bristles,NO COMBS!!! Start at the end not the top and work your way up,if you run into a mat or dread lock use a detangler to get it apart. This keeps you from breaking the hair.I will have some before & after pictures of them in a few weeks to show the difference.

    09-30-2009, 09:56 AM
Jiff did this every summer! My horse trainer/instuctor told me to mix beddidine and babyoil in a spray bottle untill in kinda looks like rusy/orange, and then spay it n the top of the tail and underneath. It soothes the itching and you'll see improvement the next day!(: just do it daily untill it stopped(:
    09-30-2009, 11:28 AM
Passion: I always saw that it smells like I am working with meat when I am done with MTG! I am glad someone else smells what I smell lol :)

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