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Help! Mare constantly itching tail

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    #21
    My mare also rubs the top of her tail off. She has done so since she was a baby. I had a fecal done - negative. I clean her udders and between her back legs almost every day. For those who said use a flea/tick shampoo on the tailbone - how often did you use it?. That is definitely where she is itchy. If I scratch gently under the tailbone (near her girly bits), she nose stretches out about a mile.
    Allah took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it, and created the horse. Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword, O, Horse!
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      #22
      Have you tried apple cider vinegar in a 50/50 solution? It has anti fungal and antiseptic properties. Just don’t use it on open skin.

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        #23
        I do baby wipes, face wipes, pet wipes on my girls teets - whatever is handy. I also get under her tail with them and any crust that built up around her vulva. Then I mix listerine (yellow/original) with sweet almond oil, and a few drops of lavender. Probably 50/50 on the listerine / oil. Listerine dries, the oil moisturizes. Some suggest baby oil, but I don’t like it for a variety of reasons. I spray her tail bone. Then I use my hand and rub some between her teets too. It’s helped significantly with the build up and crust. It comes off much easier. I clean and reapply every few days.

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          #24
          The ivermectin in and around the anus is for pinworms, which cause horrible itching. BTDT and that took care of it. With pinworms you'll likely see a yellowish "powder" around the anus which I think is the pinworm eggs.
          You have to have experiences to gain experience.

          1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"

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            #25
            I'm betting it is pinworms. Ivermectin didn't work on them. I tried Quest plus and that didn't help either. Fenbendazole seems to work best on pinworms. It is probably time to repeat treatment as I've noticed some of my horses have some hair loss. It seems to be a summer problem.

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              #26
              We've found that along with its other benefits (contains good oils, high omega 3s) feeding flaxseed can help with itchiness in general. Don't expect overnight results but more as a side bar to these other great suggestions. We got this from our vet but there are studies you can google.
              One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
              William Shakespeare

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                #27
                I’d definitely start with a good wormer and rotate them throughout the year. My barn rotates through 3 different ones.
                When my gelding starts itching his tail, it is usually because of ticks. I’ve never found any ticks on him, just tons of tick bites. When it gets bad, I scrub his tail with betadine everyday for a week and put vetricyn on the really bad ones. After it is under control, I scrub his tail once week with betadine. I also make sure his tail is well conditioned so it is not full of flaky dandruff. Out of the 26 horses at the barn, it is only my gelding who has this problem and he is always negative for Lyme. I’ve also tried fly sprays that say they repel ticks, but I don’t believe they actually work.

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                  #28
                  Then there's this:

                  https://www.heltieanimal.com/en-gb/b...sjdmiZA8eBhKyw
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