Mare Over-grooming my gelding!!

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    10-24-2008, 11:41 PM
Mare Over-grooming my gelding!!

My mare---a 1 1/2 year old Arab/Appy cross---has now completely licked or chewed off my geldings forelock. Is there anything I can do to stop this? I thought maybe there is something I could put on his mane that would repel her. He looks so ridiculous now---but I still think he's cute! He hasn't done anything to her mane at all---I'm not sure why she does this, and I haven't even seen her doing it, his forelock just faded away! I'm afraid if she keeps doing whatever she's doing, he'll end up with a bald spot on his forehead!! Help!!!!
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    10-29-2008, 04:04 PM
You can spray something icky and smelly on his manes tail and forelocks, something you're mare dislikes.
    11-02-2008, 11:18 AM
"I'm not sure why she does this, and I haven't even seen her doing it, his forelock just faded away!"

It could be that it wasn't you mare after all. Could he have rubbed it off himself due to a skin problem, bugs, or just being itchy? Does the skin on his forehead look irritated or does he like you to rub/scratch that area? Just ideas.

You could try putting something nasty-tasting on that spot, (like hot sauce), but I'm not sure I would try it, as it might be bad for his hair & skin.
There's a product out there that is supposed to help manes and tails grow back,and it's called MTG, or Mane and Tail Groom. Might be worth a try! Hope this helps.
    11-02-2008, 12:22 PM
I've heard of putting stuff on to stop them chewing. I hate to say I heard motor oil but don't hold me to it.
I wonder if the MTG might help stop them. Its oily and smells bad. Maybe just old bacon grease might help
    11-02-2008, 12:41 PM
Put them in different fields? I would be really annoyed if a horse were to do that to my boy. What about a mix of something really spicy you could put in his mane for a few days or a week or so. Give her a good taste for her habit.

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