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    03-17-2013, 11:46 PM
Unhappy Rope burn under tail?!

I was told to train my gelding to accept a rope under his tail by my new trainer. She showed me how to tighten a lariat around the horn of my saddle, put it under my horse's tail and hold the other end while she lunged him around. He did great with it, so I didn't check under his tail. I tried it at home today, and he was wonderful. But, when I was grooming him afterwards, I found a nasty rope burn under his tail! I feel terrible! I hosed it down with cold water, and put antibiotic cream on it. What else can I do to help it heal?
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    03-17-2013, 11:54 PM

Seriously-- why would the rope end up under the horses tail?
    03-17-2013, 11:59 PM
So confused...

Did she say there was any point to this exercise because honestly I cannot even think of a single one? Why use a lariat and not a soft cotton lead or long line, if she is wanting to desensitize him to having a rope, crouper, driving lines, etc back there?

I would probably do the same, hose it off, antibiotic cream, and watch for infection, as that is a naturally dirty area back there.
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    03-18-2013, 12:00 AM
Desitin - the diaper rash cream might help. I've used it on girth galls before and it seems to help.
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    03-18-2013, 12:01 AM
She said that it can happen when you pony other horses. I'm not experienced with horses, so I don't know very much. My friend (she's an advanced rider) recommended this trainer to me. I'm NEVER going to put the rope on his tail ever again. :( I was stupid to think it was a good idea in the first place.
    03-18-2013, 12:02 AM
I am not sure what the purpose of putting a rope under a horses tail is suppsed to accomplish.
If you are you going to be doing any roping, pay attention and you don't ever have to worry about it happening. Even on my greenest colts I have never managed to get a rope under the tail.
The horses that panic the worst, blow up or apprehensive about ropes are the ones that someone sored that way.

Keep it clean, let it heal and please keep the rope out from under his tail.
    03-18-2013, 12:07 AM
Thanks! How long do you think it might take to heal?
    03-18-2013, 12:11 AM
I have ponied many horses and have never had one get caught under the horses tail. You don't usually pony with a lariat either, unless you are on a working ranch breaking out broncs. None the less, there are more important and relevant things your trainer should be teaching you and your horse, instead of accepting a rope under his tail, and even if that is something that needs to be taught (such as with ground driving) do so with a soft cotton long line back there, and not a harsh, rigid, rough lariat.
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    03-18-2013, 12:24 AM
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You seriously need to find someone to "train" you that is actually worth a ****, as NO ONE lunges a horse with a rope under its tail. EVER.

That this fool would do this tells quite a bit. They have no business working with any horse, much less training someone.

You will learn nothing from someone like this, except how to do everything wrong.

Keep area clean and let it heal and keep your horse away from this moron, and yourself too.

And tell her to keep away from MO, or she will have a rope under her tail.
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    03-18-2013, 12:25 AM
Depending on the severity of the rope burn it could be a few days to several weeks.
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