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  1. #1
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    Default Tail rubbing

    My Thb gelding gets an itchy tail every summer. I have tried everything that I can think of so I am looking for any suggestions. He scratches so much he ends up getting sores on his tail bone. The top of the hairy part of the tail itches and the entire tail bone without hair (under part) itches. He is dewormed regularly. I have tried anti bacterial soaps but not too much so that it does not dry out the skin. I have tried creams, sprays, etc. but only get temporary results. I can't try MTG because he reacts to it. The vet had no suggestions when I asked two years ago (I am going to ask her again this week). He also gets really sensitive about having his back legs rinsed off but I don't see anything on the skin (such as scratches) to trigger the senstivity.

    Any suggestions?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bopper View Post
    My Thb gelding gets an itchy tail every summer. I have tried everything that I can think of so I am looking for any suggestions. He scratches so much he ends up getting sores on his tail bone. The top of the hairy part of the tail itches and the entire tail bone without hair (under part) itches. He is dewormed regularly. I have tried anti bacterial soaps but not too much so that it does not dry out the skin. I have tried creams, sprays, etc. but only get temporary results. I can't try MTG because he reacts to it. The vet had no suggestions when I asked two years ago (I am going to ask her again this week). He also gets really sensitive about having his back legs rinsed off but I don't see anything on the skin (such as scratches) to trigger the senstivity.

    Any suggestions?
    It sounds like a version of sweet itch or a version there of (caused by midges)...they say that feeding flax can help with that. I have a little tail rubbing every summer and I usually try mix of mild creams such as silver oxide cream alternated with listerine/glycerine. Basically you've got to remove the cause or the rubbing won't stop. But I have to mention since he's a gelding, have you cleaned his sheath? If not the warm weather may be part of the irritation if its dirty and that can make them rub their tail.



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    equiderma skin lotion works great for this.
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    as a thoroughbred horse."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljcfoh View Post
    It sounds like a version of sweet itch or a version there of (caused by midges)...they say that feeding flax can help with that. I have a little tail rubbing every summer and I usually try mix of mild creams such as silver oxide cream alternated with listerine/glycerine. Basically you've got to remove the cause or the rubbing won't stop. But I have to mention since he's a gelding, have you cleaned his sheath? If not the warm weather may be part of the irritation if its dirty and that can make them rub their tail.

    This. Plus clean the underside of the dock and the little "shelf" over the rectum with a plain, damp, clean cloth everytime you groom. Also a dab of furacin on the first sign of any rubbing can help keep it in check. Some horses have a genetic sensitivity.



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    When was his sheath last cleaned with bean removed?



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    My mare rubs her tail every summer. It's related to her neuro issues stemming from arthritis in her neck.

    I asked the board for ideas on how to help her perhaps a month ago. Here is the thread. It has lots of ideas for you to try.

    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=348865

    For her, keeping her tail/dock/lady bits clean and keeping her in a fly sheet with a tail flap helps the most. Not much else does. I wash her tail well perhaps once or twice a week.



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    Skin-So-Soft has helped my one mare that got an itchy tail. It repels gnats and softens dry itchy skin.
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    Default Mine does this too

    Every summer my mare gets really itchy and it's a battle to make sure she still has the top of her tail by the end of the summer.

    I've tried MTG, listerine, aloe vera, skin-so-soft (which made it worse), calm coat, flax, feed through fly control, skin and coat supplements, garlic, etc. I clean her girly parts every other dayish with a baby wipe, and I've done some serious deworming (DD equimax) with her.

    The thing that I find helps the most is this brand of shampoo 1x a week or so, and the cream every other day. I think is helps keeps the flies away and it soothes the itchy skin.

    http://www.healing-tree.com/

    I also use the cream gently in her ears because she will rubs them raw if I don't keep a close eye on them.
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    Sheath has been cleaned so that is not the issue. I am trying to control flies now but it takes time. Any other suggestions are welcome.



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    Regular bath and rugs especially tail flap.



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    Double dose of Ivermectin



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    Make sure you are not dealing with pinworms. We had a horse doing this, and the pinworms were immune to ivermectin & quest. He had to be dewormed monthly with strongid or panacur to keep them from coming back. Especially frustrating as Strongid is worthless here for strongyles. No other horses has ever had this problem here.



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