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    12-24-2008, 01:09 PM
Rubs his butt 'til he bleeds.

One of our geldings at our barn has been rubbing his tail/butt to the point that it's start to bleed. I've ruled out that it's not worms. He's wormed regularly and is in good weight. I'm almost positive it's not rain rot because he has no black flake-y things coming off, but idk I could be wrong. It almost looks like dry skin or something close to that.
So far I've tried just washing the other side of his tail and his butt with betadine, putting wound dressing on the spots that are bleeding, and wrapped the top of his tail in vet wrap just to help keep the medicine there without his tail hair getting in it. I've been doing this for a few days, and not much improvement. Should I buy some anti-fungal shampoo? He's not my horse, and the manager doesn't think it's that big of a deal to call the vet. Even if she's not going to call the vet, I'm not going to let his butt go hairless for the rest of winter. Any ideas what it could be? I'll probably just buy the anti-fungal shampoo to be safe...
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    12-24-2008, 01:27 PM
Can horses get psoriasis?
    12-24-2008, 01:37 PM
I think so?
I'll have to look it up...
    12-24-2008, 04:20 PM
Its probably sweet itch my best mates pony rubs until he bleeds :(
    12-24-2008, 04:26 PM
Its been years since I had boys but I read on this forum that male horses will sometimes scratch like that if they need their sheath cleaned.
I know my girls will scratch their butts if anything in there rear area itches. When the have too much gunk between the teats or just need a wipe down.
    12-24-2008, 09:26 PM
Sometimes my horses will scratch their butts due to insect bits between their legs. I agree that it could be needing sheath cleaning as well.
    12-24-2008, 09:29 PM
I'd recommend getting some anti-fungal shampoo if his sheath is indeed clean. But yeah, they will do that if they have a dirty sheath- when's the last time it was cleaned?
    12-24-2008, 11:22 PM

OMG, I completely forgot about that! Go figure, I own a mare.
I have no idea when he got his sheath cleaned last.
But he does make that 'squeaky' noise when he trots, so I'm sure he's due for another cleaning.
I've never cleaned one before, but um... don't they make special shampoos for that?
    12-24-2008, 11:48 PM
Snort.. Yes, Excaliber.
    12-25-2008, 02:21 AM
Don't forget to dig up there and get the "bead" which can be a source of irritation.

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