inspect under your horse's tail for bugs, tumors, and skin problems

Under your horse’s tail


  • As tempting as it is to routinely skip this area, it’s just as important to clean and inspect under the tail as the eyes and hooves. There’s a lot that can go on under the tail – some things are benign, some are downright dangerous.


  • Daily handling and grooming of your horse’s tail area is also a requirement for safe horse handling. It’s absolutely unacceptable for a horse to tell you what you can or can’t look at or touch. This is immediately evident when that untouchable area becomes injured and needs daily attention and medication. Train your horse NOW in order to avoid unraveling your relationship when you need to medicate or handle those untouchable areas LATER.



gray horse tail tumor

Small growths like this one can easily be handled before they grow and cause major problems.



When it comes to the area under your horse’s tail, you might find:


  • Dirt, crusty sweat, flaky skin are all common. You can also find ticks, cuts, sores, rubbed skin in between butt cheeks, and even growths.


  • You may also find some emergency situations – like a prolapsed rectum or uterus. Prolapsed means that what should be inside is now outside. If you ever watch your horse pass manure, you will notice that at the very end you can see some pink or reddish tissue come out. If it stays out, it’s a life-threatening emergency. The same is true for your mare’s reproductive system under the tail.


  • You may also find that your horse’s manure has changed and left some streaks on your horse. This is a sign something is going on – pay attention! It could be as simple as a new delivery of hay, but it’s always good to notice any changes.



Do you need to clean under your horse’s tail with anything special?


  • The answer is no. In fact, if everything looks peachy keen, you don’t use shampoo or detergents or soap. Any flakes or dirt or dried sweat can be taken care of with water. A rinse with warm water, or a soft sponge or fuzzy washcloth will do. There is no need for a brush or a curry comb here, either.



gray horse butt cheeks under the tail

Sweat and friction can often cause the butt cheeks to lose hair and create sores. OUCH.



It’s when you notice major differences that you need to call the vet.


  • Mares often have discharge during their estrus cycles, so pay attention to the pattern. Baby wipes are great for this time to clean up any discharge.


  • You may also find that much further down between the butt cheeks, sores and rubs can happen. Friction from sweat and dirt and exercise can rub away the skin, a little bit of ointment helps to heal these sores and provide some grease to prevent new ones. I like to use body glide for runners and hikers here.


gray horse tail and butt

Know your horse’s normals


  • Any new growths, discharges, sores, or questions that you find need to be discussed with your Veterinarian. It’s all about keeping your horse healthy – from top to bottom and front to back!




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