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My horse has had this tail thing for the past three years. I was wondering if any of you had seen/dealt with this. I do not know what it is and the vet hasn't looked at it for unknown reasons and it's quite unprofessional of her and its angering me and my mother greatly. It started off as a patch about the size of a quarter and the past month it's exploded into this!! I will post pictures of the spray we put in his tail when I take them. If you need anymore details about my horse or his housing or whatever else I will be more than happy to answer. Thank you!
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For the past 3 years you have not managed to get the vet to look at it, or better, get a new vet? Or even try to diagnose it yourself on the internet? Even simple nettle tea washing and applying of oil could help, if it is just "dandruff" or some sort of eczema. However, the best and only option is to get a new vet!!!!!!
 

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It looks sorta like tail rubbing, When was he last dewormed? When was his sheath cleaned last? Is the spray that you put in it moisturizing? The area looks a little dry. The rest of his tail looks mighty nice :) I hope you find a solution! :)
 

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He is rubbing the hair off there because it itches. Sweet itch or some other allergy probably.

Does is go away a bit in the winter?
 

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is your horse a gelding? if so, when was the last time his sheath was thoroughly cleaned?

my boy used to get like that all the time (not quite as bad but close). i used to show him so a bald tail head was a big no no

i always thought he was itching because of bugs (he is really sensitive to flies) so i would keep him coated in fly spray but it never really helped much.

the other thing i was careful about was to spray him off with the hose (or sponge him off in the winter) really good under his tail/between his back legs after a workout so the sweat/dirt would not make him itchy.

after a pretty nasty bout of tail rubbing my poor boys tail looked even worse than yours and my trainer recommended cleaning his sheath and checking for a bean. i cleaned his sheath really well (it was gross) and to my amazement he stopped rubbing and the hair slowly grew back. i now clean his sheath regularly and the problem has never come back (knock on wood)
 

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For the past 3 years you have not managed to get the vet to look at it, or better, get a new vet? Or even try to diagnose it yourself on the internet? Even simple nettle tea washing and applying of oil could help, if it is just "dandruff" or some sort of eczema. However, the best and only option is to get a new vet!!!!!!
It was nothing at first, we thought it was an allergy so we applied MTG and it got fine but he would always itch it to where the hair was sticking up in every direction, but it was never an open wound or like this. We're going to request she come out one more time and if she doesn't were having my friend contact her vet, but it would be quite expensive because the practice is an hour away. We try applying oil to help with the itchiness.

It looks sorta like tail rubbing, When was he last dewormed? When was his sheath cleaned last? Is the spray that you put in it moisturizing? The area looks a little dry. The rest of his tail looks mighty nice :) I hope you find a solution! :)
He is rubbing his tail! On his water bucket, walls, and stall door! He is due for a deworming this week, and our vet said to give him a double dose of ivermectin. His sheath was cleaned...last month or the month before. And the spray is moisturizing. Thanks, I just love his tail!

He is rubbing the hair off there because it itches. Sweet itch or some other allergy probably.

Does is go away a bit in the winter?
We first thought it was an allergy, but when we changed his food, bedding, and stall location, nothing helped. It gets MUCH worse in the winter, so that made me become even MORE confused!!


is your horse a gelding? if so, when was the last time his sheath was thoroughly cleaned?

my boy used to get like that all the time (not quite as bad but close). i used to show him so a bald tail head was a big no no

i always thought he was itching because of bugs (he is really sensitive to flies) so i would keep him coated in fly spray but it never really helped much.

the other thing i was careful about was to spray him off with the hose (or sponge him off in the winter) really good under his tail/between his back legs after a workout so the sweat/dirt would not make him itchy.

after a pretty nasty bout of tail rubbing my poor boys tail looked even worse than yours and my trainer recommended cleaning his sheath and checking for a bean. i cleaned his sheath really well (it was gross) and to my amazement he stopped rubbing and the hair slowly grew back. i now clean his sheath regularly and the problem has never come back (knock on wood)
He is a gelding, and his sheath was cleaned a month or two ago! I show as well and this is NOT nice! I never thought to rinse between his back legs, I'll have to try that! And I will clean his sheath next time I'm at the barn which should be tomorrow. I hope your boy never has to deal with it again!!
 

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A dusting with Lice Powder won't hurt though if it were lice it would be much worse after 3 years.
I'm confused about the vet. It looks like he is in a nice place. There must have been a vet out at some time. Do you ask her to look at it & she flat out refuses?
 

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I ALWAYS check for sweat, ESPECIALLY between his legs! Number 1 sweat spot and can get bad fast.
I would keep on putting MTG.
To me it looks odd because the rest of his tail is so nice! Even the top is nice and smooth and doesn't look rubbed aside from the exact spot. #1 is to rule out any other causes as to why he's itching. I agree that it's odd that it's worse in the winter.
I am also confused about the vet. At no point in the past 3 years has the vet been right next to your horse? I assume you brought it up while the vet was there examining the horse? How did the vet not look at it?
 

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Another possibility might be mange? A mare I used to own when I first got her had mange along where her mane grew and there was a good chunk of hair missing and the skin looked a lot like that.

Edit to add that I don't know if mange would stay in an area that small for that long either though. :/
 

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That looks like a fungal infection to me, and I would NOT give a double dose of ivarmectin, it's easy to OD on it. Go get some miconazole for a vaginal yeast infection at the grocery store (it's a stronger concentration than athletes foot crime, and the no name brand is cheaper) and slather it on daily.
 

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Actually, ivermectin is tested up to 10 times the dose for safety. It has a very large safety margin. Moxidectin (Quest/Quest Plus brand name) is the one that is not safe to double dose. You want to hit him several times in a row, once and then again in a 3 week period, to make sure he doesnt have pin worms and to break the life cycle. Id personally use a single dose of Quest for the second treatment in three weeks due to resistance issues with Ivermectin. Went through this with a gelding once. That is the number one cause of itchy butt.

Also, and this may sound gross, but in addition to what you are doing, you or your vet should put on a rubber glove and put a little hemorrhoid cream inside his anus with your finger as well. You may see that his anus is actually what is itchy. He will tell you loud and clear when you start poking around back there ;) You should make sure that there isn't hay fibers or grain bits caught in a pocket just inside his rectum causing the itching. If you couldn't itch your butt and there was something in there that was caught and not coming out, you'd go mad from the itch. It does happen.
 

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Oh, ok! This may sound dumb but ivarmectin is toxic to poultry so I assumed it was the same for horses, I now see how stupid that line of logic was lol.
 
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