1) Mix a Solution of Half Listerine and Half Baby Oil – The antibacterial properties in Listerine stop the tail rubbing, but Listerine is drying so the baby oil will moisturize the skin and hair. A great alternative to baby oil is Avon Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil. It will also help keep flies away! Put the mixture in a spray bottle and apply daily.
2) Baby Powder – Baby powder or Gold Bond Medicated Powder will help heal the area and prevent further rubbing. This solution is a little less sticky and messy than the other oil based solutions.
3) Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has both antibacterial properties and healing properties. Make sure you use pure extra virgin coconut oil and apply it daily to the affected area.
4) White Vinegar and Baby Oil – If you are looking for something a little more natural. Try a solution of white vinegar and baby oil or Avon Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil mixed in. Mix the solution with half vinegar and half oil and apply daily. You may also want to alternate with the Listerine solution listed above.
5) Shapley’s MTG – This is a commercial product available at tack stores that is a mixture of sulfur and mineral oil. It works great, but the original formula does have an off putting smell. I suggest applying this with gloves so that the smell doesn’t linger on your hands afterwards!
Note: Before you do anything, you should talk with your Veterinarian about the possible cause of the rubbing. It could be due to allergies, worms, residue left over by shampoo’s or other causes your veterinarian can rule out. If you have a horse with extremely sensitive skin, I recommend trying the Coconut Oil or Baby Powder first.
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