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post #1 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Tail Bandage Danger

Hey guys, i wanted your oppinions of something im currently very worried about. We took my show mare to an event on sunday morning and due to the weather had to change course and head for home. I threw a stable rug on her and dealt with another first and completely forgot to take off her tail bandage! It was on for roughly 28 hours in total.

When i finally spotted it the next day i went to whip it off immediately and she clamped it down and wouldn't let me touch it. I got it off and noticed some sores under her tail. After giving her a little time to settle i checked for circulation in her tail and found that the very bottom was still body warm. (So i figured there must be blood going through!) After i sprayed her tail with antiseptic resin, coating the sores i put her back in the stable with a tailflap less rug.

The sores three days on are dry and scabbed over, im still spraying them though... Her tail isnt really swollen or hot so im hoping there is no infection and so far there is no hair coming out.

What do you think the chances of perminant damage are? im hoping she wont lose her tail over this and feel awful that ive made such a bad mistake... Any advice would be appreciated...
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 11:08 AM
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Basically at this time, all you can do is wait and see.

A lesson learned the hard way and you will never do it again.

We had a boarder who 'forgot' her horse was saddled and put him back out. Yes. Really. Then he didn't want to be caught by her. What fun that was.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 02:53 PM
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dumb question from non showing person: why is tail bandaged in the first place? how tight is this?
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 03:04 PM
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Did you wrap the whole tail? (including the tailbone?)

I would never wrap a horses tail up around the tailbone...always below where the tailbone ends. the risk of wrapping the tailbone too tight is too great of a possibility and you can end up with loss of circulation and tail loss from it, or even nerve damage

she might end up with white hairs where the sores are depending on amount of damage.

my advice is to not wrap around the tailbone at all and to stick to wrapping the hair BELOW the tailbone. then you won't have to worry about circulation or wrapping too tight. :) hope everything ends up okay.

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post #5 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 03:13 PM
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Tail banage makes the hair lay flat and protects it from manure from soiling it, also conformed the tail to a nice shape when you remove it. Reason why I use neoprene Sports medicine tail wraps, they fit secure but have "give" to allow circulation. Nevertheless, the longest I have kept it on is overnight just in case. Leaving a saddle on & turning out a horse I have never done, yet, but who knows, I am getting older & the clutch is slipping a bit!
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 03:22 PM
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Thank about this a moment. If the damage was so severe that she might lose her tail, you probably couldn't have gotten any of the bandages off. I'm betting that you'll have white hairs grow in, just like you get with a bad saddle sore. If that happens, you can use some horsey makeup in the future for showing.
I'll be praying for you. Stock up on your horse's favorite treats. You're gonna need them for awhile.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, thanks for the replys. Today, (its been 3 days now) a small patch of hair and skin has come off the top of her tail, but it was pink and bleeding underneath so i guess that indicates circulation is still fine. At the moment the sores are just underneath and just that one on top.

I believe its where the bandage was tied, thus being the tighter. So im really hoping its just a pressure sore...
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-04-2012, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, just an update. Her tail is looking alright so far no more hair or skin has come off. Im keeping my fingers crossed!!
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My fingers are crossed, too! Hope it all works out.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-04-2012, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Just another update, no more hair seems to be coming out and the sores underneath are well scabbed and there is pink around the edges where the skin underneath has healed over. She is still tetchy about her tail being lifted either side but i imagine that it could just be bruising.
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