One of the horses at the barn was at a show and had some sort of freak accident in her stall over night in which something was caught/wrapped around the lower part of her tailbone. I guess there was baling twine caught around her tail about five inches from the bottom of the bone (Rumor has it that the people in the barn next to ours threw a bunch of TRASH over the top of the stall like plastic shavings bag, baling twine, garbage INTO our horse's stall, thinking there was no horse in there or something) The twine was cut off from around the tail and her tail had a cut in it but it was still attached.
Fast forward to 24 hours later and her tail FELL OFF from the last 5 inches down, the ENTIRE thing, like a lizard's would
She had a TDF tail that was hands down the thickest, longest, prettiest tail I had EVER SEEN on a horse and now there is only the sides of it left. At least the sides of it are still thick and long so she had a thin tail now but it is not 100% gone like if she had had an "average" tail to start with.
How in the heck does this happen? I had no idea their tail circulation could be compromised that badly just overnight.....I assumed to have the tail lose that much blood flow, it would have to have been for closer to a week, not just a day???
Anyone hear of this happening or experienced it with a horse before??
I had a horse sit/lean on the rear trailer door for balance during a 7 hour ride and a patch about 4 inches square in the middle of the tail fell off within a few days. The area developed a scab/loose skin and the hair came right off with the patch of skin. Scared me that it wouldn't grow back or would come in white, but it started growing back right away in the normal color.
i know someone who tied the tail bag to close to the end of the tail bone and then put electrical tape around the top of the bag to keep it on. she must have run that over the very end of the tail bone b/c when she took the bag off 2 weeks later the very end of the tail and all the hair attatched came off to.
and no the bone isn't going to come back and you better hope the new end of the tail bone doesn't scar to bad so hair will grow back.
A friend shipped her horse from CA to New Mexico for an event, and foolishly put a neoprene tail wrap on him for the 18 hours trip. When he arrived, all the hair fell out of his tail, leaving a bald stick tail. The vet said she was lucky that's all that happened. The tail eventually grew back to some degree, but it was never quite the same.
I'm sorry about the mare. How terrifying for her to feel that pain and be so helpless.
We had a LOVELY conformation hunter lose his tail after colic surgery. The tail bandage was too tight during the operation and when it was removed, he lost his whole tail.... Nothing left but a stump. Sounds like this mare was fortunate that it was at the bottom of the tail rather than the top. It will not grow back.
Very sad and unfortunate. I doubt the twine could have gotten around her tail on accident....
I was not at the show, this is the story I was told regarding the twine. That is beyond my realms of thinking if someone did that to her on purpose.
She is only a 3 year old too......GORGEOUS well bred Oldenburg filly that also does the conformation hunters
So it will never grow back? (The hair, not the bone)
It looks like a hot dog at the end of her tail right now.....really really sad
Her owner still has "the tail." It is creepy, it has the five inches of bone/cartilage still attached. She is thinking about having it made into a fake tail for shows after the filly's remaining tail heals. Would she just be better off buying a brand new fake tail than having the one that came off made into one?
We had to dock our TB's tail last year because of melanomas. Our vet used a large rubber band type material (I googled - an "elastrator band") and had to use a machine to wrap it on tight enough to cut the circulation off. Even with that, it took a good two weeks for the band to cut into the tail enough to dock it completely.
Re: pain - my vet assured me that it was a pretty painless procedure, all in all. The first hour or so is the worst, but once the circulation is cut off there's no real feeling. Like if you wrap a rubber band around your finger, it's irritating and such at first, but eventually it just goes numb. I'm not the horse, however, so I don't know firsthand how it feels, but Rocky didn't require any pain management.
I guess, knowing what we had to go through with Rocky - I can't imagine a piece of twine being able to "accidently" wrap itself around the tail tight enough to dock it in 24 hours. I would think it had been there longer and was applied on purpose. Of course, I am skeptical about many of the "I heards" etc ... but I guess it can happen. Just knowing it took a good two weeks for a very, very tightly applied piece of elastic to cut through the tail I don't know how a tail wrap could do it in a few hours. So who knows!
When I bought my first horse 34 years ago her big 3 yr. old son was pastured with her and I noticed he a really short, wispy tail. I asked the owner why he was docked, and she told me he'd gotten hung up in wire as a baby. The vet who treated him wrapped the tail too tight and the bottom part 2/3rd of the tail just fell off.
How scary! That poor mare!
I wrap my mare's tail with a fleece wrap for long trailer rides. Only tight enough for it to stay on, which isn't very tight.
I'm going to be extra paranoid about it now, we'll be moving hopefully up to WA next spring. Maybe I'll not wrap this time.
Wow after reading all of this I don't know that I'll ever use a tail wrap ever!
For hope take a look at Shine Hill Peanut. It been awhile since I've seen his owner post but I remember thinking he was docked early (he's a Percheron stallion) but now she rides him in dressage and he has a gorgeous tail. You can't tell it's been docked at all.
If it were me and I still had the end of the tail, I would definitely save it and have it turned into a fake tail, assuming this horse is a show hunter or something like that.
If you talk to a braider they can likely take the skin off the tail dead tail (so gross, I know) with the hair still attached and turn it into a fake tail that can be wrapped around. It's pretty natural looking once on.
Much less gross, I suppose, considering it's your own horses tail and not some random tail off a dead horse.
Off of customtails.com:
What are rendered tails?
Rendered tails are horse tails still on the hide. They come in varying colors, lengths and weights. Rendered tails can work well for horses that have lost most of their tail hair due to tail damage or whose tails have been severely chewed. Rendered tails are shaped to form around the horse's tail bone, covering up and taking the place of the existing tail. Rendered tails can also work well as a tail extension - another way to add fullness and length to your horse's own tail. Rendered tails are braided in high on the tail bone. They are more time consuming to put in, and it is a two person job to braid in a rendered tail - patience and practice help! However, when there is not enough tail hair to attach a regular tail extension, a rendered tail may be the answer. See the Braiding Instructions and Tail Care page for further information on attaching a rendered tail.
Rendered tails do a nice job of taking the place of the tail hair that used to be there. In some cases, both with the tube end attachment tail extension and the rendered tail, small tail plugs are braided in to fill in where the extension/rendered tail and the horse's own tail hair meet, to help blend all the tail hair.
Don't give up on her - she will still be quite useful and with a little work to learn to compensate for her missing 'balanc bar' she could well return to her pre-accident form. I raced a mare that lost her tail at some point - rumour had it she was wrapped for the haul from Ohio, and the tail wrap slipped. She raced just fine, was odd to harness because she barely had enough tail to put the crupper under, but she was one tough mare.