Sunny's tail is a messed up. His owner thinks he got nerved, but I don't know. I know that people did that in the "old" days to prevent tail action, but still...couldn't it be considered animal abuse (and I know that a ton of gross people do animal abuse)? I think he could have been born with it - but I've never ever seen this on a horse or heard of if. Also, he doesn't have any movement in his tail; it "hangs".
Here's some pictures. Please tell me if you know anything about this, because if so, I will look it up.
Ugg - I swear I had better pictures. If needed, I'll get some more tommorow.
Are you talking about tail blocking? Some QH/reining people (I think it's mainly QH and reining) inject something into their horses' tails so that can't move them at all or very little, making it appear that your horse is calm and happy, thus not swishing its tail! I worked with a mare who had her tail permenantly blocked and I didn't even realize it until the vet was messing with her tail. He ticked her under her dock and normally horses will move their tails around when you do that. She just kind of barely moved hers over to the side. There aren't any visable signs on her, other then having a limp tail!
I don't think it's technically considered abuse (correct me if I'm wrong on this!) but it's not good (they need their tails!) so if I remember correctly some breed organizations will deduct points or disqualify you if your horse's tail is blocked.
Pick his tail up and tickle him under the dock, right above his rectum. It's a generally sensitive place for horses. If he doesn't lift his tail, if you let go they should continue to hold it up for you, something has probably been done to his tail.
Sounds like he's had his tail blocked! Have you ever seen him swish it? The mare at our barn kind of swings it back and forth when she trots but i've never seen a full out swish. Her owners keep her coated with fly spray and she seems pretty happy. I heard some tail blocks wear off after time (months) but sounds like Sunny's had this for a while!
Just in case you were concerned, you shouldn't get disqualified at any H/J shows for having a blocked tail! (I'm pretty sure anyways! I don't think most H/J people even know this happens!)
It seems like it, Abby.
I've never seen him swish his tail; sometimes I think I hear it, but I know it's not it.
When he trots, his tail 'drags' and sort of 'follows' his hind legs.
Does anybody know how it's done? Just curious...