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    01-10-2010, 12:06 AM
Gelding ate mares tail!

So my gelding ate my mares tail. They normally aren't together, but we had an issue with one of the pastures and put them together. Overnight he literally ate her entire nice big thick tail to all the way up to where you can feel the bone. He didn't hurt her, but now what??? I was planning on showing my mare this spring and can't afford a tail extension. Is there anything that I can do just to help promote growth? I know it's not going to happen overnight but what should I do? Thanks in advance!!
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    01-10-2010, 01:59 AM
Same thing happened to my paint one year at the trainers. It took 2 yrs to fully grow back, it was up to the bone too. I boarded him there and he was turned out with a herd, usually he was by himself, he went back to being by himself after that, it was chewed by a gelding he played with as a yearling. I know MTG is good, I never used it then as I didnt know about it. I also find vit/ min have helped to keep manes and tails healthy/thick. Good luck, I remeber Warrior looking very weird.....
    01-10-2010, 06:29 AM
All I can say is, I feel your pain... the mini donk I used to have did that to my Friesian (seperated them before it was THAT short, but still...) and a mini stallion I had (his tail dragged the ground one day, then the next it was to the bone like your horse!)
    01-10-2010, 07:25 AM
It's just very frustrating why do they do this? Is it boredom? I had heard of foals doing this to their mothers but never a 5 yr old gelding?
    01-10-2010, 12:34 PM
Originally Posted by harhaijaka    
it's just very frustrating why do they do this? Is it boredom? I had heard of foals doing this to their mothers but never a 5 yr old gelding?
Unfortunately there are horses who chew other's manes and tails (by the time my Walking Horse mare was weaned, her barn mate, a colt, had roached her mane!!) Can't remember what it's called, need to Google it.

I was told by a woman who shows high-dollar Saddlebreds and has tails grow to over 14 feet long that the best thing to encourage growth is massage in ~~whatever you choose--baby oil is what she uses~~ into the entire dock every day, washing when necessary to get rid of scurf. It's worked on my colt--his tail is longer than his 6 yo sister!! If need be, bag it up to prevent more damage from anything.

Good luck!! It's an awfully frustrating to have things like this happen!! Just stick with it.

Happy trails, Renee
    01-10-2010, 12:38 PM
Yes, it is frustrating, especially when you have plans to compete. I don't know why they do it. The gelding that chewed my horses tail never did it again and had never done it before either. I had my first year out at open shows the following summer and his tail never affected his placings. I was determined not to use a fake tail ever, I just don't like them. We cleaned up by the way, he was awsome! But I guess it depends what level you are at if you can get away with it or not. Warrior lost his tail at Christmas too, then competitons started in june, just to give you an idea.
    01-10-2010, 02:39 PM
This exact same thing happened to my mare a few years ago.
I had sprayed Mane N' Tail Detangler on her tail, finger picked it, and braided whatever was left. I did this everyday, for the whole winter. By spring her tail was dragging the ground.
    01-10-2010, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the advice. We are just doing local shows she has only been under saddle for 3 months, and that was to be her first shows but its not til late june so you all give me hope!!!! Thanks
    01-10-2010, 03:14 PM
I would try MTG to get it growing back.

That I feel is one of the WORST habits a horse can have, in my experience once they start chewing tails they typically don't stop unless they are low man on the pole and the other horses they are with wont let them near them to do it. Im sorry that it happened to you, it really sucks.

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