I had to go back and look. Poor Belle is docked just as short as Wix. I actually one year took joined tail hair from a Haflinger/Belgian cross, and my Morgan, a couple sections of binder twine, braiding, and tied a mini swish in for Wix like that one year. She had just enough tail hair for me to make one thin small tight braid and I had to work with that to keep the hair on. While I worried about her hanging it up on stuff, at the same time I thought anything had to be better than what she has.
We actually learned where to do it from our first team of mares. Those girls could grow thick, swishy tails, yet were still docked that if they needed to show, a little cutting here and there and you had a nice cleaned up horse again.
It irritates me like you wouldn't believe when they just give them nubs. Now that I think is not very nice.