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    04-26-2012, 04:58 PM
...and this.
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    04-26-2012, 06:37 PM
In one of my many dressage books, it states that braiding the tail is not recommended as it causes stiffness which can affect the balance of the horse. However, I have seen tails in all sorts of different "looks." Personally, I think as long as it is neat and groomed, it is up to the rider's discretion.
    04-26-2012, 07:37 PM
I leave the tail natural all the way up and down excepot for benging the bottom (cutting it straight across). I never liked, and still don't like the clipped/pulled sides at the top. Just something about shortening that part of a horse's tail even the least little bit :)..call me old fashioned. I was always one to want really long hair on top.

Now, some will braid it the night before and then unbraid it the next day to get a little wave.
    04-26-2012, 07:44 PM
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Thatnks for all of the replies!

...and my horse has a big scar on her butt, which might make me leave the tail without pulling/clipping to not bring attention to it. Here's a picture..

Should I even worry about that? Or just pull the tail and not worry about it bringing attention?

    04-26-2012, 07:44 PM
Originally Posted by tlkng1    
Now, some will braid it the night before and then unbraid it the next day to get a little wave.
Yes, I do like the look of that, especially on a nice full tail. I braided Excel's tail the day before a clinic and love how it looked:
    04-26-2012, 08:50 PM
I would say nay to a braided tail for dressage. I think a properly pulled and banged tail looks best for dressage.

If you prefer not to pull or clip, you could try applying a tail bandage to the dock before showing, just remember to remove it before going into the ring! It can help to improve the appearance of the tail hairs on the dock for showing purposes. Just be sure if you choose to use a tail bandage that you know how to apply it properly, not too tightly or it can cause damage to the tail bone if it is tight enough to cut off the circulation.

I don't pull or clip the top of my horse's tails, but I do bang them. I prefer the look of a banged tail.

Here is a video I found on how to apply a tail bandage.

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    04-26-2012, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Yes, I do like the look of that, especially on a nice full tail. I braided Excel's tail the day before a clinic and love how it looked:
I got lucky with Grace; when her tail is brushed out it is naturally wavy. I love.the look, too!
    04-26-2012, 10:15 PM
Ick, I can't stand braided tails in dressage, nothing more screams out 'showie' more (except maybe one of those horrible big ribbon browbands :P ).
I cut the base of the tail straight across, just above the fetlocks. It the top of the tail is really bushy, I pull it to neaten it up, and then leave the horse in a tail bag. My tail bags cover the whole tail and the dock, then velcro to the rug, so none of that fiddly plaiting and leaving the dock exposed to be rubbed out.
Nothing looks more elegant than a nicely pulled tail squared long at the base :)
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    04-27-2012, 09:57 AM
I was always under the impression that braiding tails in dressage was a no no. You could bang the end of the tail, I think that looks nice, I always braid mane for dressage, no tail
    04-27-2012, 10:03 AM
Chuck a bit of black chalk or makeup on that scar vb and you should be sweeeeet :) everyone else has covered what I was going so say lol

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