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olympustraining 01-02-2012 11:04 PM

Show horse got his tail chewed off by another horse...
 
I have a fancy show pony that I own who is currently be boarded at another facility. I've been keeping him there to save expenses while I have no use for him at the moment. He has been boarded there for a few months with few problems. Today I was notified that his tail has been chewed off. It's horrible. He is a welsh pony with a beautifully thick & long mane and tail, and now his tail is just destroyed.

I'm curious as to what I should do about this. I really feel like I should be compensated in some way since I do pay for board there. Also the horse that did this, did it to another horse before so it was already a known problem. The farm owner is really "sorry" but the sorry just doesn't seem like enough to me. What would you all do? I don't want to be overly dramatic, but just looking for some sound advice.

waresbear 01-02-2012 11:08 PM

Horrible isn't it? My daughter's beautiful paint showhorse got her tail gnawed off by her new lease horse. She noticed the next day her mare had a nice bald spot on the tail head (horse is for sale & price is over 10 grand, not good!). The horses only have fence contact at one area was down the paddock but that was enough & he chewed her tail. She wrapped both horses' tails (just in case her mare wanted retaliation), and put them up. This was a month ago and she reports no chewing has taken place since.

olympustraining 01-02-2012 11:16 PM

It is horrible. This horse has a very high value as well. I've attached a photo. How long do you think this will take to grow out? A few years?

http://i41.tinypic.com/10f5455.jpg

BarrelracingArabian 01-02-2012 11:26 PM

You could try MTG maybe? It could help grow it out faster. Im sorry that happened but maybe you should put his tail in a tail bag in the mean time. I don't believe they can really compensate you for this, if you knew about the problem when they were put together you should have explained to the BO that you would prefer they not be together.

waresbear 01-02-2012 11:30 PM

Yes, it will be a few years before it's back to what it was. In the meantime I would braid it, cover it, & put it up. For showing, use an extension.

olympustraining 01-03-2012 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian (Post 1290776)
You could try MTG maybe? It could help grow it out faster. Im sorry that happened but maybe you should put his tail in a tail bag in the mean time. I don't believe they can really compensate you for this, if you knew about the problem when they were put together you should have explained to the BO that you would prefer they not be together.

I did not know that he was next to this horse who did this. And quite honestly from how high it is chewed, I don't think a tail bag would be this high. He is no turned out with the horse who chews the tails, he did this over fence for their stalls.

waresbear 01-03-2012 08:32 PM

This is exactly where Halo's tail was chewed, but if you condition it, and use either strips of old sheets or the braid tube covers to cover each section of braid and then braid it & put it up in a bun, the other horse won't usually touch it after that, it's in an odd shape and not flowing freely to nibble on. Good luck.

farmpony84 01-03-2012 08:38 PM

It sucks but it happens :(

I would try MTG. It will actually get it growing pretty good. You could try supplements as well and it won't hurt to bag it to save what's left of it.

I'm sorry....

MHFoundation Quarters 01-03-2012 08:56 PM

How devastating! I'd start with MTG & bag it. Will he still be near the culprit? If so, I'd be spraying his tail with something yuk tasting (listerine, cayenne pepper, etc)

olympustraining 01-03-2012 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters (Post 1292235)
How devastating! I'd start with MTG & bag it. Will he still be near the culprit? If so, I'd be spraying his tail with something yuk tasting (listerine, cayenne pepper, etc)

No he is no longer next to the horse that bit the tail off. I'm just upset that it took her two days to move the horses....


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