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    Default losing tail hair yikes!

    My retired guy has just about lost his entire tail. He has had issues over the last years but never this bad. Anyone have any suggestions on what is going on?
    Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
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    Hmmm, my only thoughts are worms or a dirty/irritated sheath. When my guy would rub his tail in May, he'd get a power pack of panacur. When he started rubbing it at shows, it was due to the shavings irritating his sheath. Once I figured that out, I started bedding his stall down in straw at the shows. Now that he's retired, if he starts rubbing it generally means his sheath needs to be cleaned.

    The odd time the skin on his tail will be gunky so I'll wash his tail with a good shampoo, rinse super well with cool water, and then pour a rinse over it - either regular listerine, apple cider vinegar, or spray it with a homemade concoction of conditioner/baby oil, etc. Some people ust MTG but my guy is too sensitive for that.



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    He does not rub his tail it is just falling out....He is wormed regularly and appears otherwise healthy...
    Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
    Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
    "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"



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    Ooooh then I'm not sure. I just assumed rubbing...sorry, hope you get some answers!



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    Too much selenium can cause loss of mane and tail hair.



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    we are in a selenium deficient area! This is so weird....
    Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
    Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
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    Have you noticed any changes at all to the skin of the dock? You mentioned he has had issues with this previously; is there a seasonal link?
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    no I haven't. I am going to have the vet out and do some blood work....
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    Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
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    Consider having him do a skin scraping, too, even if it looks OK. The other thing I'd recommend checking is thyroid function; problems in that area can cause various forms of hair loss.

    Also think about whether you notice a seasonal worsening of the problem. One of my mares had dreadful tail loss issues for several years, tending to worsen in fall/winter. Vet finally found it was linked to a thyroid malfunction that was most noticeable at that time of year, coupled with an annoying folliculitis that took advantage of the conditions created. With both problems treated, she now has a normal tail, if not a glorious one (but that's just not in her genes!)
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    it is its worst in the spring and summer. It was under control when he got organic feed....The feed is no longer available so I went with the barn feed and it is the worst it has ever been...
    Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
    Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
    "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"



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