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    01-10-2011, 10:44 PM
  #1
Foal
Mare rubbing mane, Any solutions?

My mare was at a barn with electric fencing and her mane got so beautifully thick and long. It was just breath taking.

I moved her home where there is no electric fencing and she began to rub her mane away. Her mane is still long but now it just looks ratty because it isn't thick anymore and she has all these whisps.

She doesn't seem to rub it as much with winter but come spring I know she will. Does anyone have any solutions to help stop her from rubbing off her mane or even something I can do with her hair.

Thanks
     
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    01-11-2011, 07:22 AM
  #2
Banned
To stop it you have to determine what is causing it.

Is she rubbing because it itches? Is she rubbing because she is sticking her head through a fence and her mane gets rubbed in the process? Is a pasture mate chewing on it?
     
    01-11-2011, 10:42 AM
  #3
Foal
She rubs it when she puts her head through the fece and when it is itchy that's when the most hair comes off.
     
    01-11-2011, 10:58 AM
  #4
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by erikaharmony    
she rubs it when she puts her head through the fece and when it is itchy that's when the most hair comes off.
So you will have to prevent her from putting her head through the fence.
     
    01-11-2011, 11:46 AM
  #5
Banned
Putting their head into small places is the most common way a horse makes rubbed spots in their mane.

I agree with MLS, you will have to find a way to prevent her from putting her head through the fence. No other solution. How about adding some strands of electric on the inside so your horse does not stick their head through?

Is there not enough to eat inside the fence?
     
    01-19-2011, 09:15 AM
  #6
Weanling
You need to stop the itch. I have used "calm coat" with some success with my mare when she had an allergic reaction this summer and wouldn't stop rubbing her tail. It's all natural. Also, check the skin at the base of the mane. If it is full of dandruff, she may just need a bath. If it is abnormal in any way, I'd suggest microtek by equus as a safe and effective antibacterial and antifungal agent. For some reason, my same mare's tail got full of scabs this winter. It was perfectly clean beforehand, and she lives in a ridiculously clean environment. I applied the microtek 2-3 times daily for several weeks and it cleared up the skin problems and the itching. Good luck!
     
    01-19-2011, 10:14 AM
  #7
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScharmLily    
You need to stop the itch.
IF it is an itch.

I doubt it's an itch. If she is reaching through the fence - it's just happen stance.
     
    01-20-2011, 10:48 AM
  #8
Yearling
Do you live in a State where ticks are a common pest? It could be possible she might have ticks in the base of her mane. Just a thought.
     
    01-21-2011, 11:37 AM
  #9
Foal
If it IS an itch, try Shapley's MTG
     
    03-14-2011, 04:25 PM
  #10
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by horseluver5336    
If it IS an itch, try Shapley's MTG
Yes, I put MTG on my horse as well. It works very well. He had one whole section of his mane missing, and now its back!! YAY
     

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