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.