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    01-17-2012, 11:00 PM
Green Broke
Nope no insects. Way too cold this time of year!
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    01-23-2012, 06:40 PM
The horse always has a reason for doing what he's doing. So there is a reason for rubbing the tail. Applying bitter tasting products will not eliminate the problem, just make it hard for the horse to deal with it.
Here my thoughts:
1) Make sure that it's the horse himself, who is doing the pulling/rubbing. Some horses/goats/mules will chew on other horse's tails.
2) Check if your horse has parasites and if yes, treat him for it.
3) Use a small rag with a few drops of olive oil and rub the tail dock with it. Then brush with a a good tail brush (only the dock) such as this tail brush. This removes flakiness and dryness.
4) If this all does not help, check if you horse has any stiffness or discomfort in the sacrum (croup). Sometimes horses like to 'treat' their lower back pain by rubbing their tail high up.
Hope this helps and good luck!
    01-23-2012, 07:23 PM
Have you had him checked for pinworms?
    01-23-2012, 07:46 PM
Green Broke
It has stopped since. I thought it might be worms so I did worn him early. It was only going on for about 3/4 days and has now stopped.
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    01-26-2012, 09:45 PM

Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
So I have been working SO hard to grow moose's tail out with MTG. Well either he's rubbing it out which I don't think so or someone's eating it. The top is all choppy and ugly looking now. So is there any way to get another horse to stop chompin on his tail? Maybe some soap..? Anything? Hahha thanks.
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LOL. This made me laugh. We use tail bags to help grow our horses' tails nice and pretty for showing, but I think one would keep other horses from snacking on his tail.

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