Purpose of docked tail...Which do you prefer?

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Purpose of docked tail...Which do you prefer?

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  • When do you dock a draft horse's tail?
  • Can horses control a docked tail?

View Poll Results: Do you prefer a docked tail on a draft horse or all natural?
Docked all the way 1 2.33%
Never dock, Love all natural 42 97.67%
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    01-30-2009, 08:32 PM
Purpose of docked tail...Which do you prefer?

I was just wondering what the purpose is of docked tails on draft horses. Was it to keep it out of the way of the harness or was it simply done for fashion? I know that now, lots of people do it for fashion but I am wondering about the origins of the practice. Also, I attached a poll to see if you prefer a horse with a docked tail or all natural. I prefer them natural because a docked tail makes the horse look unbalanced and plus takes away the only means of pest control they have in the summer.

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    01-30-2009, 08:37 PM
I thought it was illegal to dock tails now.

I believe it was fashion but also for convenience (for us humans).

I far prefer the natural look.

If you want the tail just plait it up.
    01-30-2009, 08:43 PM
I think there are certain breeds that don't allow docked tails and certain shows but there are a lot of farmers and skinners that keep all their horse's tails docked. No it is not illegal (in the US anyway, I don't know about AU). I completely agree with you, if you want the tail out of the way, then just braid it up and wrap it.
    01-31-2009, 03:46 PM
Green Broke
They docked tails to keep them out of the machinery. Probably didn't want to take the time to braid them up.

I agree though, they should not be docked. Irregardless of whether you can attach a fake tail to help with the flies. If they weren't meant to have tails they wouldn't be born that way.
    01-31-2009, 04:11 PM
I prefer all natural. I wouldn't feel right docking it.
    01-31-2009, 06:26 PM
I think a docked tail looks horrid =/. I believe it IS illegal to dock in Europe though.
    01-31-2009, 10:07 PM
I would not dock any tails personally. I can't figure out if this new filly of myne was docked or not, I think it was. What do you think. She will be 2 in may.
    01-31-2009, 10:27 PM
It is hard to tell from the picture with her being so young. I think you would be able to tell by just feeling her tail. It should come to a rounded point and should be fairly long. At least even with her stifle I would think.
    01-31-2009, 10:32 PM
Thanks i'll check it out in the morning
    01-31-2009, 11:03 PM
Oh wow! Your filly is GORGEOUS!

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