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post #1 of 12 Old 02-18-2015, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Horse keeping tail up?

My horse has been keeping this tail up. When he walks, jogs and lopes. Even if he's just in this paddock or me I'm riding or on the halter. I don't know what it could be. Can you all think of something? Anything?
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-18-2015, 11:45 AM
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The horse is supposed to keep his tail up when ridden. Its a bad sign if the tail is clamped down, which indicates stiffness.
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-18-2015, 11:52 AM
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Horses naturally arch their tail when they move.
Whether under saddle, or freely moving in a paddock it is common to see a horse arch their tail.
It is a form or expression for many. Depending upon how they move that tail can also "inform" the other animals or human in their close proximity to their mood...
Some horses have a more "animated" tail that others and some breeds encourage tail movement where other breeds discourage movement...
Discouraging movement by certain methods is outlawed in some showing organizations, and even in some countries.

I would be glad to see my horse arching their tail freely. Normally it signifies the animal is happy doing what he is doing....

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Most of the time it is just their natural conformation how their tail continues out of their croup. I have arabians and arab crosses so it is common for my horses, but I have seen stock horses, warmbloods and even draft horses have slightly different tail sets for their breed type.
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Is his tail carriage a lot different that it has been in the past? Is this a major change in how he carries it? If so, how long has he been carrying it differently?
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My horse has been keeping this tail up. When he walks, jogs and lopes. Even if he's just in this paddock or me I'm riding or on the halter. I don't know what it could be. Can you all think of something? Anything?

Is it a new horse, or have you had him for a long time? if you have is this new or has he been doing this for a while? Also what breed?
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-25-2015, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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He's a paint and he's never done it is the past. Ever if he's just chillen and goes to move his foot he puts his tail up! Walking, jogging, loping, galloping. In his pasture not in his pasture with the halter on not with the halter on riding him bareback not riding him bareback riding him with a saddle not riding him with a saddle riding him with no bit riding him with a bit. He puts him tail no matter what. Going in to his shed. When he's standing he just puts it up then puts it down. Swishing his tail like he has a fly on him but he's just standing there with no bug/fly on him!!????
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If this is a new thing have you checked under his tail and around the anus for signs of melanomas?
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-25-2015, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Yup...
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Could also be worms - especially pin worms
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