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post #1 of 18 Old 09-26-2008, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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My sister has a QH mare that loves to chew on other horses manes and tails. My paint mare was the first to suffer this attack. I have tried everything in the world that has been mentioned! I have sprayed vinager, mixed vasoline with chili pepper, mixed oil with chili pepper, and even tried spraying hot sauce on the mane and tails. BUT the STUPID mare keeps going for more!
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-26-2008, 06:53 PM
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Someone posted on here that they had used something to break the chewing on each others tails. I think it was waste oil. Let me do some searching and I'll get back to you.

Edit: Well I can't find the entry. Don't try the waste oil until we get some conformation. I don't even remember who mentioned it.
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post #3 of 18 Old 09-26-2008, 08:44 PM
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Ha ha! Ya, I would definitely avoid the waste oil -- can't be a good idea! Since the taste of things either doesn't stick or doesn't bother her, what about trying different textures? Get a bar of paraffin wax, make it nice and soft (in the sun works great) and rub it all over the manes and tails. Maybe add some of your special tastes to the wax??? I have no idea at all if this will work or not, just something that popped into my head. OH -- have you tried lemon juice? But that might discolour their fur, just so you know.

Does she chew on any part of the hair or at the base or at the tip??? maybe you could braid something in (if there is enough hair left) that would disuade (sp.) her -- umm... don't know what though...
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post #4 of 18 Old 09-26-2008, 11:25 PM
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I know it may be a bit hard, but we have a little pony and a TB who liked to chew posts, and we rubbed soap on it. I found the cheaper the soap the better it worked. The only things would be if your horses skin doesn't like it and it might be a bit hard, unless you wash the horse in the soap...
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post #5 of 18 Old 09-27-2008, 04:41 PM
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would a muzzle work ?? first thing i thought of.
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post #6 of 18 Old 09-27-2008, 08:42 PM
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Pretty recently, I was watching Clinton Anderson on RFDTV and he was showing off some of his younger horses, talking with a man who was showing what to look for in younger horses. His 2 yr olds tails were matted and black and he apologized for their appearance, saying that he had to put oil on them to keep the tails from being chewed. Can't say for sure what kind of oil,but it was pretty thick and nasty looking.
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post #7 of 18 Old 09-28-2008, 01:19 PM
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Thats It...Thats where I heard it! Thanks Melinda, it was some sort of oil. Not sure yet if it was waste oil but it sure seems like it was. My husband tells me its causes cancer (?) so not sure if I would use it.

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post #8 of 18 Old 09-29-2008, 11:07 PM
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Have you been able to find a solution to the biting? Never heard of a horse that did that other than foals. Curious to hear what you did to stop it.

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post #9 of 18 Old 09-30-2008, 02:27 PM
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boy I'd sure NOT use waste oil. Yikes. We had a 2 yr old that didn't seem to ever grow out of chewing others tails. We tried everything - vaseline with red pepper sprinkled on it, witch hazel, somewhere I read to buy the cheapest hottest hot sauce you can find. We finally just put her where she couldn't get to anyone elses tail!
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post #10 of 18 Old 09-30-2008, 02:31 PM
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i'd probably mix some mtg or something similar (and safe to use on horses - - baby oil might work) with cayenne pepper...lots of cayenne pepper.

Once she gets "burned" a few times...I doubt she'll go looking for more ;)

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