Yearling filly exhibits a limp tail. Possible causes explained.

I have just purchased a yearling filly. Her tail is real limp and she tends to carry it to the right at times, and it is real limp when you lift up on her tail.I have just purchased a yearling filly. Her tail is real limp and she tends to carry it to the right at times, and it is real limp when you lift up on her tail.

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

I have just purchased a yearling filly. Her tail is real limp and she tends to carry it to the right at times, and it is real limp when you lift up on her tail.

She can carry it up when she is playing but she does not swich her
tail. Could this be a problem later?

I know she will need special attention in fly season…but my concern is for peformance.

Kind Regards
Sue

Sue,

There are serveral reason that you filly might have a limp tail.

First, is that it is broken and should heal with time. Hopefully she will regain some if not all of its use.

Second, some horses with botulism have a flacid tail and this can be a very serious disease. Please call you local vet is your filly is acting sick at all.

Thirdly, in pleasure horses the tail is sometimes ‘block’ to retard movement and is an illegal procedure. In regards to her being a performance horse there should not be any problems unless you are showing a quarter, paint or appaloosa then I would have my local vet come out to document that the filly has tail problems as there are some judges who might dock you points for what appears to be a tail block.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder

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