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    Did a FEC last fall and found nothing. Still wormed for tape/bots. There are no flies yet, but she will get a little sweet itch in the summer. I can’t wash her actual butt every day because corona. Anything else I could to for my mares itchy butt tail rubbing? Or is her tail going to be another casualty of this situation?

  • #2
    If it is from sweet itch you need to treat for that.

    If it is pin worms treat for that.
    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


    • #3
      Mares will sometimes itch when their udders are dirty. Wash under there with warm water. They will also rub their tails when they are in heat. Hard to do much about that.


      • #4
        My horse itched his tail into oblivion when he was trying to relieve the tightness in his hamstrings. That only took 6 months to figure out, but now that I have, I massage regularly, have changed up his work, and there is no tail rubbing anymore.


        • #5
          Are her girlie parts dirty? Under her tail, between her legs, the udder?

          I have a mare who collects crud around where her caslicks sutures were tied, but also deep between her hind legs. I really have to dig to clean there. Thankfully, she's always grateful!


          • #6
            Originally posted by bathsheba8542 View Post
            My horse itched his tail into oblivion when he was trying to relieve the tightness in his hamstrings. That only took 6 months to figure out, but now that I have, I massage regularly, have changed up his work, and there is no tail rubbing anymore.
            I had the same thing. Adopted a horse with a tight patch of muscle in front of her SI on the left side - also tight hams and still tight to this day.

            She rubbed herself raw and no matter what I did - keeping her clean, deworming etc and she would not stop.

            Once the patch in front of her SI was released (the amazing Vicki Wilson applied liniment, plastic wrap and hot towels) do you know that mare has not rubbed ONCE - that was 2 1/2 years ago. Not once.


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              Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
              Mares will sometimes itch when their udders are dirty. Wash under there with warm water. They will also rub their tails when they are in heat. Hard to do much about that.
              She is in blazing heat as of this morning. First saw her rubbing yesterday. I think that might be the thing.


              • #8
                You might try washing the tail, both hair and bone, remove any flaky skin while wet. When dry, comb out the tangles, then oil the tail bone itself. I use mineral oil on the skin. It is a bit messy for a day or so until the excess drips off. Then keep the bone oiled every week to ten days. For us, this pretty much removes any itching of the tail. The dry skin can really get thick, itchy over winter.

                I only use plain mineral oil because there have been no skin reactions. Baby oil can contain scent, acetone, and we have had bad reactions using baby oil, so it is OFF my list of usable products. My horses do seem to enjoy the rubbing in of mineral oil, relaxing, closing their eyes. I also find if you wash or hose off a sweaty horse often, clean under the tail and getting hair and bone wet, that tailbone skin does not seem to get as dry, flakey or itchy. So that is an alternative to the oiling.


                • #9
                  PaddockWood, can you tell me more about Vicki? Can you provide a phone number? Thank you!!!


                  • #10
                    She's in New Zealand and I don't have a phone number. She was here in the states for various sore horse clinics back in 2017. Also has a Facebook page and you could message her there. I originally found a video of her (below) and then got incredibly lucky that just by a one in a million chance she was in town the next weekend for a clinic just 3.5 hrs from me. One of the most amazing weekends of my life. She did body work on some 10 horses each day and rode several too. She's passionate about teaching and helping horses.


                    • #11
                      You got me thinking about working on her hamstrings and I found this video and wonder if it will benefit others too. I'm also getting out my Jack Meagher book, "Beating Muscles Injuries" to revisit his suggestions. Went out and worked on my girl and she loved it. Leaned into the pressure and work.
                        Trigger Point Release for Horses - Assessing and Treating the Hamstrings        Semimembranosus If the limb is planted, this muscle extends the hip. If the limb is not planted, this muscle retracts, adducts and rotates the limb inward. lt originates from the first caudal vertebrae, sacrotuberal ligament, and the isch