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post #1 of 31 Old 05-03-2019, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Mane abd tail chewer

So my Arab (who is 22) started chewing manes and tails at 20. She has all the vits and minerals. I actualy think its because she wants to chew on things but she is not aloud to eat hay after choking years ago. Scar tissue from that and the fact she eats in 5 min what takes a bigfer horse 30 to eat in hay.
She is going to be stalled in a pen with oir 28 year old. I want to stop her from.eating all of her mane and tail off. I read you can mix vasoline and pepper or hotsauce together and put that on the tail but that may be an issue for skin contact so is out for her maybe. Could I try MTG? Some tings i read said to slather conditiener on the mane and tail. Anyone have luck with that?
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If the root of the problem is that she can't have hay due to eating it too fast, would you consider an ultra-slow feed net? They make ones with teeny tiny holes so it seems to me like there is almost no chance of choke... But it would keep her from chewing the other horse's tail.

As for MTG, it does smell like barbecue sauce so that may work!
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In the U.K. We get a spray or grease called Cribbox, spraying that on manes and tails stops them from being chewed.
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she has eaten a couple slow nets... like actually ingested 90% of them within 3 hours... THAT was some fun poop watching. i even made her a slow feeder out of fencing. and she destroyed that too. but she is not aloud hay at all because of how bad she choked and the scar tissue now. she aspirated on they hay. and entier flakes worth of food was lodged in her esophagus and 8 inches of food was lodged in her windpipe. she had it in her lungs it was so bad. she was given 40% chance of survival. SOOOO after THAT mess that was the last straw. vet agreed. she gets soaked pellets. she cant choke on mush. if she does then its her time i guess. I did try soaked hey but that still was sketchy.

note the metal slow feeder did not slow her down either. she just beat it and broke it and tried to fling it around to make it drop food. but she went 2 years without hay before she started eating manes and tails so i dont know if its related or not.
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I kept my foal from eating my mare's tail by using a cheap, but hot, tabasco type hot sauce from the dollar store. That worked liberally applied to her tail. It also made her tail yucky and orange, but it was better than no tail at all.

I agree she probably wants some fiber in her diet though.
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We usually use diesel.

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I always used the juice from jalapeno peppers mixed with white vinegar and sprayed on tails when I had a foal that started chewing them. Always worked until Flash came along and he liked hot vinegar so in desperation I grabbed a jar of Vicks and that cured him. Never had to deal with a mane chewer so I can't say if they'd harm the skin under the mane. I wouldn't think the Vicks would since we use it on our own skin but it would get messy if you had to use it all the time. With the foals after a couple of weeks they were cured of the habit and you could wash the stuff out.
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I kept my foal from eating my mare's tail by using a cheap, but hot, tabasco type hot sauce from the dollar store. That worked liberally applied to her tail. It also made her tail yucky and orange, but it was better than no tail at all.

I agree she probably wants some fiber in her diet though.
wish i could. but the scar tissue will cause her to choke again. i tried a few handfuls of soaked bermuda and that got kinda stuck but luckily she worked it out before the vet got involved (while i was calling said vet). i wont forget the blood coming out her nose too. she was foaming blood and lord knows what out of her mouth during that choke. i thought about getting hay cubes and soaking them but they are expensive and normally have garbage in them. and she eats anything so bits of plastic bag will go down the hatch quickly.

im hopeing she kicks the habbit it the mane and tail are nasty.
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You can put pellets in "The Amazing Graze" feeder, but not sure about soaked. Do they chew on tail bags? Perhaps you can apply spicy/bitter to the bag rather than the hair directly.
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How about spraying some apple cider vinegar in the tail? It tastes funky, works great if the horse has any dandruff, and repels bugs as well.

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