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post #1 of 36 Old 05-18-2013, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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What to do about a tail swisher, video included

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He does it mostly on the ground, while grooming and tacking up. mostly just annoying and gets me in the eye every once in a while.
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I can't get the video working, but my guy is expressive with his tail and on occasion has swatted me with his tail, but me being me have just spanked his butt with my hand and said 'quit it' and that tail stays still!
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post #3 of 36 Old 05-18-2013, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Ahh goodness, I'm no good at these things.


I have tried that and it didn't seem to make a lick of difference. As soon as i went back to grooming he'd start again, even worse. So I'd whop him again. to no avail. So, then I have tried holding on to a strand of his tail while I'm grooming or tacking up, it keeps him from doing it while I'm holding it but doesn't fix the problem.
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Sorry for the double post, but now watching the video it doesn't seem as bad as it feels when I'm doing it, lol. I will note there are NO flies, whatsoever. As you can tell, the weather is cold and wet and fly season hasn't started yet. He'll do it slow like he's swishing flies but he definitely also does it in annoyance, watch when I pick up his front right foot.
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Hahaha your video is set on private!
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Grrr!! I'm so technologically impaired. Lol. How about now?
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I can watch it. I noticed that when you started to brush him that he pinned his ears. Does he do that often?

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It worked! It looks to me like he's being indignant......the way he has his head up and swishes is telling me that he's telling you ' I'm just putting up with you right now' ........I personally would give him a good poke n the side and make him move over when that head comes up and the tail starts swishing.....may change his 'tude' a bit
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post #9 of 36 Old 05-18-2013, 01:19 PM
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He does seem to put on his pissy-face, doesn't he?
Is he anticipating having to work? How is he under saddle?
A saddle fitter told a story about a horse he worked with who pitched a fit when a certain saddle was carried towards him. He was fine with other saddles. Turned out the offending saddle was a bad fit. Smart horse...he knew the saddle by sight!

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post #10 of 36 Old 05-18-2013, 02:50 PM
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If this is a thoroughbred, or some thbd in him, he may have very thin skin. your brush may be too stiff and prickly and you may need to slow down your movement. Grooming is not pleaseant for him, it appears.
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