Help! My Horse Won’t Stop Rubbing His Tail

Dr. Aja Harvey explains why a horse might rub his tail and what owners can do to stop it.

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Horses rub their tails for a variety of reasons ranging from dermatitis to parasite infection. Dr. Aja Harvey of B.W. Furlong and Associates addresses these causes and more, as well as what horse owners can do to help eliminate hair loss from tail rubbing in this excerpt from our Ask TheHorse Live podcast episode, “Managing the Itchy Horse.” 

About the Expert:

Aja Harvey

Aja Harvey, DVMAja Harvey, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, is an associate veterinarian and internal medicine specialist at BW Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, New Jersey. She graduated from Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and then went on to complete a rotating surgical and medicine internship at Louisiana State University. Afterward, she was accepted to Texas A&M University as one of their large animal internal medicine residents and completed the program in 2018. Her areas of interest are infectious disease, gastrointestinal disorders, neonatal care, neurology, and ultrasound.


Written by:

Haylie Kerstetter, Digital Editor, holds a degree in equine studies with a concentration in communications and a minor in social media marketing. She is a Pennsylvania native and, as a horse owner herself, has a passion for helping owners provide the best care for their horses. When she is not writing or in the barn, she is spending time with her dog, Clementine.

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