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        03-23-2013, 06:51 AM
    We did a tape test too Rookie :) she though I was a nub for doing it though!
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        03-23-2013, 08:43 AM
    Are the mosquitoes and gnats out in Austrailia now? If so, slather lots of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the underside of her tail and the rub spot. What happens is that as a horse walks it raises it's tail just enough for those blood seeking bugs to get under there and feast. Since the horse can't scratch under there, it rubs the outer side of it's tail. The bugs don't like anything greasy. Apply the jelly every third day. You may also apply it to her around all her lady parts.
        03-23-2013, 03:18 PM

    I agree with cleaning her lady parts but if that doesn't work you could put MTG on it and wrap it up so she can't rub her tail..
        03-23-2013, 04:35 PM
    Not a whole lot of mozzies here, are there lumps I can look for? Not sure I can get mtg inaustralia
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        03-23-2013, 04:42 PM
    I went through this w my mare. She did, in fact, when I first got her have pin worms - and you can't worm every 3 days which is about what you would have to do to for those horrid things. Cut neem oil is really good for this (apply all around the bum daily between wormings). We finally got that taken care of..that was that.

    Her privates are cleaned regularly, pin worms were gone...but come spring, "gone again" tail. Soooo upsetting as she hasn't much of a tail to begin with. The top would grow out in the winter and I would get all excited, and then - "poof" gone in the spring.

    Alas, it was what saddlebag said...sweet itch and no see ums. We don't have mosquitoes. I use castor oil mixed w coconut oil (the kind that is solid at room temp). But, any thick oil will do...vaseline is a bit thick for my liking - but whatever works!
        03-23-2013, 06:30 PM
    Did you rule out a fungal infection? Otherwise, as the others have suggested petrol jelly and I would evaluate what "other things" she has to do. Is it possible that this is stereotypical type behavior where she does it because she is bored.
        03-23-2013, 06:55 PM
    How would you rule that rookie? She has been washed with anti fungal shampoo twice: it could be boredom she lives alone as our 2 horses are totally opposite in dietary needs. But there is a horse over the fence,

    Will I keep regularly cleaning her udders to see if that is the problem first? Does the jelly go on her udders or tail or both?

    We are in autumn here so not a huge amount of bugs
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        03-23-2013, 07:58 PM
    I would call my vet and ask for a fungal culture. They come out take a skin scraping and incubate it for a few days and see what grows. We had a horse with a neighbor with a horse that would chronically rub her tail out, even in the fall/winter. The fungal culture came back as positive. Which gave them a place to start with a anti fungals. The problem with fungals is that they can take a long time to treat. A standard ringworm case requires about 6 weeks of treatment with one bath per week. A lot of anti-fungals are broad based and she may need a something different. Ring worm again as a classic example that is treated with a lime sulfur dip but not touched by most conventional anti-fungal shampoos. I know a lot of vets feel torn about petrol jelly because it can seal things in and not allow air to get to the area. Which if you have the wrong kind of bacteria that thrives in an environment without oxygen you can get a mess. Worse case situation it reveals nothing and you can rule another medical thing out.
        03-23-2013, 09:33 PM
    My mare used to rub multiple times a day, every day. The barn owner got a bit irritated because she kept pushing her stall door out by rubbing her butt on it!
    I thought she just liked having her butt scratched, but we decided to put some dairy dust on the top of her tail. Took care of the problem overnight! She hasn't bought the stall down with her scratching since!

    It's definitely something you can try, as it's usually a cheap product to obtain.

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