I have several of your books and have found them so helpful, please keep
writing! This question may sound silly but here goes. My mare
has short dry hairs at the base of her tail, I want them long and lovely
like the rest of her tail. I have her tail braided and bagged, she is on
Equishine and 11% protein Purina grain product, grass pasture in the summer and
quality hay in fall and winter. What do you do to keep the hairs at the
base of the tail protected from sun damage and keep them growing?
for the help. Alice
Have you been
to my Horse
you will see a section on grooming and an article called "Tail
Tips". Read that for some good information on tail care and to
learn what I do for all of my horses.
Regarding the specific question about the short, dry hairs at the top of your
horse's tail. First of all, its pretty normal for the hairs there to be
shorter than the rest of the tail, but if they are as short as bristles and dry,
you can improve the situation and get them to grow out and lay down.
Here are some things to think about, many of which you might already know and
do but just to be sure, I'll be inclusive:
* Minimize brushing and combing
* Remove any reason for the horse to be rubbing his or her tail against tree,
post, building etc. This includes making sure the skin of the dock is absolutely
clean and rinsed well; then I use a leave in conditioner. If the skin of
the dock seems to be especially dry and the hair slow growing, I rub in a tiny
bit of Eqyss Mega-Tek cell rebuilder cream. This not only moisturizes the skin
but seems to encourage hair growth.
* Wash the udder or sheath so the horse is not trying to "itch" them
the area around the tail head, anus, hindquarters and be sure there are no insects,
fungus, awns from dry grass or anything else that could be causing the horse to
rub (mares often rub when they are in heat).
* Be sure the horse is currently in a deworming program that
* Are you using fly spray in that area - what are the ingredients? Could the fly
spray be drying out the hair and/or causing rubbing?
* Does your horse wear a fly sheet when out on pasture? If she wore a textilene
fly sheet, it would protect against UV rays and cover the top portion of the tail.
All of my horses wear textilene fly sheets all summer and their coats don't bleach
and the tops of their tails are always in great shape.
* There are also fly sprays and grooming products that contain sunscreen that
you could consider using but I don't find it necessary to use them.
Also, fly bites and scabs in front of the sheath and udder and inside the hind
legs can cause a horse to rub its tail trying to get at the itch. We sell a natural
botanical product to combat fly bites and alleviate itches.
fly protection with
Bare Skin Barrier
hope this helps.
Best of Luck,
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