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Posted 3/5/2009 10:15:39 AM


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My mare is really bad to swish her tail.  She generally does this when I do things that she don't like. Which is basically everything.  If you want to pick up her feet.  She starts swishing that tail.  If I start to get on her back she swishes.  She is so  irritable. Is there anything I can do to stop this behavior or is this just a mare thing?

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Posted 3/5/2009 10:31:47 AM


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This can be a multitude of problems.

1.  Ulcers

2.  Physical pain

3.  Grumpiness/basic behavior

The first two are usually the most common reasons for tail swishing.  If she's in pain or sore, you need to find out why and fix it.  If it's just because she's a cranky-*** mare, you can either put up with it or try her on hormone supplements.  Regumate is what many people have the best success with.

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Posted 7/9/2009 9:37:30 PM


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or maybe thats her way of saying im in pain or the bugs are bothering her right when you are with her ask your vet for some fly and bug horse reellant or at your local feed store but the ones the vet have are most recommended and work way better

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Posted 7/20/2009 6:26:26 PM


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A horse at my old barn used to do that. If I'd go to get on her, or ask her to move out with my leg pressure, she'd wring and swish her tail. I'd throw the saddle on, tail'd wring, I'd mount, ears'd go back and tail'd wring, I'd ask for a lope (not right off the bat, mind you) and her ears'd go back, tail'd wring and she'd even crowhop. So, I'm going to just suggest you learn to ignore it. If your horse uses it as a pre-sign to some horrible blow-up or bucking issue, then get after her for it, but otheriwise, just blow it off.

It's a typical mare thing to do. I wouldn't take it as far as health issues unless she's swishing her tail when you touch her in certain places, etc.

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Posted 7/22/2009 8:53:57 AM


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^^^Agreed.
Merrill went through a phase of that. When he figured out that he wasn't getting anything by doing it, he stopped.[]


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Posted 7/24/2009 9:51:00 AM


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I would still have her checked out. Is she up to date on wormers. She could have some parasites or worms. and if you have been worming, have you been rotating not just brands, but active ingredients? She could be having back pains too, so I would have a chiro or vet out to check.



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Posted 8/16/2009 4:19:37 PM
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every horse swishes their tail when they get irritable or angry or sometimes even bored i hate to say it but most of the time when this happens you'll just have to live with it

 

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Posted 8/16/2009 4:20:56 PM
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Mackenburg (3/5/2009)
This can be a multitude of problems.

1.  Ulcers

2.  Physical pain

3.  Grumpiness/basic behavior

The first two are usually the most common reasons for tail swishing.  If she's in pain or sore, you need to find out why and fix it.  If it's just because she's a cranky-*** mare, you can either put up with it or try her on hormone supplements.  Regumate is what many people have the best success with.

i agree with this 100% and i also a gree with what i said on the comment above this one

 

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