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  • Horses itchy scurfy tail
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    01-14-2012, 09:35 AM
Green Broke
When was the last time his sheath was cleaned? That can also cause them to rub their tail.
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    01-14-2012, 09:49 AM
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I also suspect he is doing it himself. It is so common. There are many reasons a horse will rub.

Worms. Make sure he is on a regular worming schedul rotating the wormers. There are anal worms that come out at night and cause itching. You will not see them during daylight hours.

Parasites. There are mites that are very hard to see that irritate the horse. A miticide shampoo may help.

Allergies. Many horses have allergies to many substances. A student of mine has a fabulous pony that kept rubbing ALL the hair off the dock despite treating both of the above problems. They ended up doing allergy tests and found he was VERY allergic to thirty different substances...including several grasses common in hays. He is getting allergy shots in the hope of helping this problem.
    01-14-2012, 09:59 AM
99% of the time a horse rubs it's tail because the skin is dry and scurfy - washing with a good anti-dandruff shampoo will fix it immediately.

Nizoral or Head & Shoulders will do the job. Pin worms are quite rare these days since the advent of the mectin based wormers.

Several times a year my mare will rub her tail and a quick wash with Nizoral sorts it straight away.
    01-14-2012, 03:01 PM
Green Broke
Usandpets- I have to clean his sheath I have been holding off being the weathers so cold but I will do that this weekend.

Allison- he is due to be wormed at the end of this month so I will be doing that.

Tnavas- so any anti dandruff shampoo will do? I will do all these things this weekend in hopes it'll stop! Hopefully it will because it'll be **** hard to find out who's the tail eater in the huge field if he's not rubbing it out. ;)
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    01-16-2012, 09:34 PM
Green Broke
Heres a pic from 2 days ago, the top has always been kinda frayed but the middle of his tail has never been that choppy.
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    01-17-2012, 09:28 AM
Green Broke
That looks like it's from rubbing. Hope you can find the cause soon.
    01-17-2012, 01:59 PM
Flicka and several other horses at the barn were rubbing their tails last year too. Our vet said it was pinworms and suggested a liquid Moxidectin. I poured it down her back, and while it made a purple streak and was kinda oily, there has been no tail rubbing since.
    01-17-2012, 02:36 PM
Yeah usually tail munchers get length and not up top like that. I had a foal munch her dams whole beautiful mane and tail which dragged the ground off in ONE DAY!

Good all around dewormer.
    01-17-2012, 02:39 PM
Green Broke
Okay thanks. I bought a Strongid Paste
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    01-17-2012, 04:10 PM
Do you get biting insects like little gnats or mosquitoes at this time of year? If so apply vaseline to the underside of his tail and around his anus. These insects will bite under the tail and because he can't scratch there the outside of his tail suffers as he tries to relieve the itch.

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