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