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post #1 of 13 Old 09-06-2010, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Help, foal chewing mom's tail!

My nearly two month old colt is chewing his mom's tail. Not too bad, but he is. But now I discovered he is also chewing the tails of the two geldings in the pen next to his. Sigh!

Is there anything I can apply to the tails to make them taste yucky so he won't chew them? Besides the fact that the tails look bad chewed, I am more worried he will get a hairball or something, as I never find the pieces! So I am worried he is actually swallowing the hair.

Any suggestions? I have never bagged/wrapped tails before, and this could go on for months I assume, so I really don't want to do that. I was hoping for something that tastes bad that I could apply to the tails that wouldn't hurt him. A friend who has raised foals suggested Downy fabric softener, but I don't know. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-06-2010, 10:44 PM
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Try mixing chili powder with water & soak the mare's tail in it GOOD. It won't look pretty but it's better than having a broom-tail!

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-06-2010, 11:24 PM
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agreed that chili powder works wonders. Had to do that to the mares at my old work cause of a foal that chewed tails.

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-07-2010, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! It probably won't look pretty on Izzy's white tail, but unless I get a better suggestion, I will definitely try the chili powder. :)
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-07-2010, 08:18 AM
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I had to smile when I saw this thread. This is so common. Luckily, my filly didn't do that. If you apply the chili powder can you braid her tail?
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 11:27 AM
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you can get stuff called Bitter Apple to spray on the tail, it is for animals and works great. Just don't get any on your hands...
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 12:48 PM
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I agree with the above posters. It's something that's best to bite in the rump quick, I know a breeder who lost their young stud prospect (a stunning tri-color TWH) to colic because he ate his mom's tail and became impacted.

Wait! I'll fix it....
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 03:11 PM
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Broom tails are no good lol This happened to both a mare of my aunts as well as a friend's where the fillies chewed the hair off right down to the dock! 2 years later they're still growing them back.
Luckily, neither one of my older mare's fillies chewed her tail which was a blessing because I LOVED her tail. Black & so long it dragged the ground

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post #10 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

I sure don't want him to colic. That is my number-one concern. But of course the adult horses will all look better with full tails too!

Today I tried shampoo with chili powder rubbed in. The funny thing is, Zane, the colt, tasted the shampoo and almost acted like he liked it. I hope not! But he had a foamy muzzle like he was drinking beer!

I did a shampoo/ chili powder mix on the mare and one gelding. Then, on the other gelding I tried a natural fly spray that Zane seems to hate when I spray it on him. So I thought maybe he would dislike the taste of it.

I need to check the feedstore for some bitter apple or MacNasty or something similar. Because he seems to chew everyone here-and-there, it took me a long time to realize that their tails were being chewed. So I really won't be able to tell if the current mixture works until some time goes by. But I really want to stop the hair chewing NOW because I never find hair in their pens, so he must be eating it. Ugh!

PS. I tasted two kinds of fabric softener and the shampoo, and the shampoo was the worst, so that's why I went with that.

Listerine, well, I tried mouthwash before (when he was really young and I actually saw him chewing mom's tail), and that didn't seem to stop him unfortunately.
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