I've got a 3-year-old colt. And he rubs his tail.
He doesn't *need* to have a luxurious tail, as I don't show at a big level or anything like that, but it sure would look a lot nicer if he did! It's not to the point of being bald or anything, but it's so scraggly-looking because he's got the sides and top hair all broken off short.
What can I do to get him to stop?
Ideally, I would make all of the fencing electric so he couldn't touch it ..... but I board so that is not a possibility to alter the fencing. He is dewormed per my vet's recommendations. He is out on pasture 24/7 (so I wouldn't think it is out of boredom) and it's about 10 acres or so.
Last year the ticks were REALLY bad. I was literally picking 30+ ticks out of his tail every single day. This year we've had pretty much zero ticks. So I don't know if his brain still thinks his tail is itchy, even though there's been no ticks this year???
Every so often, I'll rub Gold Bond medicated anti-itch lotion under his tail dock and he just looooooooves it when I rub on the side of the tail dock, right where the hairline starts to come in (if that makes sense). I've looked closely at his skin in the tail and while it might look a little dry around the hair (underside looks fine) it really looks normal for the most part, when I compare it to my other horse who doesn't rub.
I've heard of trying listerine on the tail but I have not tried that yet. Thought I'd check here first for other suggestions.