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horse is itchy at the TIP of his tail ....

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  • horse is itchy at the TIP of his tail ....

    Very weird ... he will actually curl the tip of the tail up and rub it against the trees. When I touch it, he curls his whole tail bone and curls his lip (like he wants it to be scratched). The skin looks healthy, there's no lice, no ticks, no scabs, no reddness, no flaking, and no obvious reason for it to be itchy.

    I have tried:

    -Double dose Equimax; then again 2 weeks later
    -Daily wormer
    -chlorhex, betadine and oatmeal shampoos.
    -lime / sulphur dip
    -Listerine sprayed in daily
    -Healthy Hair Care (incase it was dry skin)
    -oral benadryl

    He already gets flax seed and his coat looks great. Just having tail issues. I've been working on this for two months, maybe longer, with little to no results.

    Any other suggestions? MTG drives him crazy so that is not an option.

  • #2
    SmartOmega3. It's the only thing that has helped my mare's itchy tail for more than a couple weeks. She is also finally growing a real mane, and it even needs to be trimmed!


    • #3
      worm him, and also check that its not the start of sweet-icth
      look here www.sweet-itch.co.uk


      • #4
        It could be that he just likes the way it feels.
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        • #5
          I'd bet a lot of $$ a tick bit him there.
          The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


          • #6
            It could also be that the circulation in his tail is poor, so the end is getting tingly. Does the tip ever feel colder than you think it should?
            Freeing worms from cans everywhere!


            • #7
              Check and clean his sheath and check for a bean. I had a nice gelding arrive here in June with his whole tail rubbed and itchy. I removed a bean the size of a large walnut, it was HUGE and very painful. Tail rubbing/itching stopped immediately.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks for the suggestions. I do clean his sheath quite often since he always hangs down after a ride while tied up for his bath. It is very clean. I thought of a tick bite, but shouldn't the irritation have subsided by now? It's been over two months. I will look into the Smart Omega, I was thinking of replacing the whole flax with that anyway. It looks like a good product, and not much more $$ then I'm already spending on flax. Circulation - interesting thought; not sure how to check that or treat it.

                I do think it is partly habitual at this point, as kookicat suggested.... maybe it started with an irritation and now he just likes it. I'm looking into getting him a pasture mate so maybe he will have less time to stand around and pick at himself if he has someone out there to keep him entertained.

                Keep the suggestions coming!


                • #9
                  Sheaths should not be cleaned that often (other than for breeding stallions during breeding season) as you can cause issues with over cleaning...that may be your problem right there. My vets advise no more than 2 times a year.
                  Freeing worms from cans everywhere!


                  • #10
                    My boy did the same thing from tick bites. It was the end of his tail that itched. What worked was the scratches ointment I get from my vet. It's a combination of furacin, zinc oxide, gentacin, depo medrol, and dexamethasone. It's quite a combination, but it worked wonders. I put it on the end of his tail every couple of days for about a month. Now his tail is no more itchy than a normal tail.


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by CHT View Post
                      Sheaths should not be cleaned that often (other than for breeding stallions during breeding season) as you can cause issues with over cleaning...that may be your problem right there. My vets advise no more than 2 times a year.
                      Just to clarify ... I don't clean it that often; when he hangs down I check it for beans, etc. and pull off any obvious loose dirt. He's a very clean guy and I rarely see anything on there. I never use soap.


                      • Original Poster

                        Originally posted by Arrows Endure View Post
                        My boy did the same thing from tick bites. It was the end of his tail that itched. What worked was the scratches ointment I get from my vet. It's a combination of furacin, zinc oxide, gentacin, depo medrol, and dexamethasone. It's quite a combination, but it worked wonders. I put it on the end of his tail every couple of days for about a month. Now his tail is no more itchy than a normal tail.
                        It seems like ticks would make sense, he is pastured. I check it every day and I never found a tick or any redness, but I guess they are biting and falling off??

                        I will try zinc oxide, sounds a little gooey but I'll give it a shot. I have some topical dex that I can mix in too.

                        Anyone tried coal tar shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis?