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post #11 of 18 Old 04-07-2013, 10:24 PM
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Ok....just did a real quick read.....two kinds of blocking, ones an injection of alcohol into the dock (which APPARENTLY wears off, but can cause an ulcerated tail and all kind of icky stuff and discomfort) or a nerve in there and the other is actually slicing or nicking the nerve which IS permanent.....hmmm maybe someone else knows a little more, interesting though
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I will have to ask her. I have yet to see the horse in person-he lives at the trainers since he needed a heated barn for the rest of the winter. I am hoping to see him in the next few weeks.

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alchohol blocks due wear off, IF they are done correctly. However, if done wrong, it can affect nerves, damage muscles, cause injection site infections, etc.which can cause permenant damage.
Surgical "nicking" is permanant, but can cause other issues.
The worst issues caused by both methods is permanent anal spincture muscle injury and the feces just falls out of the rectum since there is no way to "hold" the poop inside the body.
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alchohol blocks due wear off, IF they are done correctly. However, if done wrong, it can affect nerves, damage muscles, cause injection site infections, etc.which can cause permenant damage.
Surgical "nicking" is permanant, but can cause other issues.
The worst issues caused by both methods is permanent anal spincture muscle injury and the feces just falls out of the rectum since there is no way to "hold" the poop inside the body.
Oh gee.....not a plan that I would go for AT ALL!
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Nothing I would ever do either.....and I am really rather surprised my friend bought this guy......but she wanted one with this particular breeding....ugh.

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horses with cut tails can also be perfectly fine though. My friend does PT with her mares tail and now she can move it about an inch left and right. She can also lift it slightly.

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What a stupid world we live in where people would risk all that can go wrong with something like this so that their horse doesn't swish it's tail. Ugh! God forgid a horse moves the tail that hangs on their own backside. I saw Quarterhorse people doing the injection thing in the past along with blood draining and such. It always made me sick to my stomach.
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My qh arrived with a blocked tail. I didn't realize it until I watched him have a dump. I was unaware of the practice. Anyway, his tail wouldn't lift very far and I thought I'd have to clean his backside every time. Oh Joy. It turned out he had barely enough clearance. Then I got to watching his tail as he walked. My qh/tb carried his tail a little off his rump as did my arab. Not the new boy. It did wear off but I'm vague on the time frame, but at least a few months. I read an article where it had been botched and it ruined a $30,000 show horse.
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