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    09-09-2012, 08:22 PM
Green Broke
Itchy Tails

So long story short my gelding has been itching his tail on everything since spring started but it really picked up when we moved to a new barn...hes an Appaloosa so I try **** hard to keep every bit of that tail he has!

Lately again he has really started rubbing it...the whole dock of his tail has choppy little hairs. It isnt completely rubbed out but the hairs are choppy and all broken off. He is wormed regularly and the vet suggested worming for pin worms and I did. It seemed to stop for about two weeks and now its starting again. I've done oatmeal shampoo on the tail and washed it good, I've done a mix of head and shoulders dandruff shampoo and oatmeal shampoo and I've also done medicated spray from Mane and Tail and MTG to no avail. No matter what I put on it he still rubs it. I Soaked his tail in MTG and wrapped it the other night but it still looks the same, but now under his tail around his rectum and dock it looks like he has flakey skin. (like when you get sunburn and it peels)

My mare has it also. Hers almost looks like someones biting her tail in one spot. I noticed her trying to rub her butt on the fence today and shoo'd her off. She's on the same worming schedule as my gelding and I've done the same things to her that I've done with him with no avail still. The other horse in our pasture has none of these problems..

It doesnt help that im trying to grow my mares tail because we have an upcoming WP show and at the last one her tail looked terrible.

Any suggestions are greatly appericiated!
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    09-10-2012, 11:37 AM
Sometimes horses that need their docks/udders/sheaths cleaned will rub like that. If you get everything cleaned and they still do it, talk to your vet again.
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    09-10-2012, 02:10 PM
You might also check "worm woes" here on this forum.......pinworms are nasty, nasty...and don't go away just from deworming, the eggs are deposited outside the horse and remain waiting to be ingested on anything the horse rubs his hind end on.
    09-10-2012, 07:03 PM
Green Broke
What else should I do about this then? Have the vet do a fecal count?
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    09-10-2012, 07:20 PM
They most likely won't show.
I'd check and make sure sheath and udder are clean. Then I'd rule out insects, they, especially the gnats, can cause itching, although usually they also bite the mane.
How to find out if your horses have pinworms is fairly easy. Look under the tail, if there is a grey-ish, yellow crust, bingo.
How it exactly works and what to do about is described in detail in the above mentioned thread
    09-10-2012, 07:27 PM
Green Broke
No crust or anything. It just looks like they've got sunburn (peely skin) under the tail around the rectum and dock of tail. That just started recently. Otherwise I've done everything and although I haven't seen any gnats on there tails they're always hanging around my mates udders and my geldings sheath. Both were recently cleaned but I will go ahead tomorrow an really scrub the hell outta em. I'm just at a loss because there tails look like crapola now and I've tried almost everything. I even spray extra fly spray on the tails I case it is gnats.

I feel paranoid now too because someone told me my mare looks wormy. (she's always had a big fat belly ever since I owned her and I know how she looks like when she has worms because she came to me infested. But sometimes she can appear ribby so I don't know)
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    09-10-2012, 07:47 PM
Now there could be a reason. If they get bitten down there, they'll itch just the same as if they were dirty. Flyspray on the private parts could be the solution. Or, if you have it, Avon Skin-so-soft bath oil original. That'll keep the gnats away for sure.
And depending on when they were dewormed last time, that might be in order.
    09-10-2012, 08:05 PM
I had the same problem with my gelding, both this year and last year. The MTG also seemed to burn his skin so I immediately stopped using it. Last year I used louse powder and it seemed to work immediately. I just tried it again today so will see. I knew both times he didn't have lice, but maybe there is something in the powder that those "midges" or whatever they are don't like. Next year I am going to try washing his tail regularly with vinegar. I read somewhere that they did that in the old days, and thought it was worth a try.
    09-10-2012, 08:19 PM
Green Broke
They were just wormed for pinworms and were wormed in July. They're on a 3 month schedule but maybe I need to start doing it every two months.
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    09-10-2012, 08:23 PM
When my horse was doing this, the vet said the flies/allergies were bothering him. Spray his tail with a listerine/water mix. Don't use the mint listerine because other horses will chew on it (had to learn this the hard way)

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