Can tail carriage to the side be genetic?
 
 

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Can tail carriage to the side be genetic?

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    07-04-2009, 01:07 PM
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Weanling
Can tail carriage to the side be genetic?

Our horse carries her tail strongly to the left. She does this while out in the pasture and while ridden. When she is relaxed and just standing still it usually lays straight down but as soon as she extends her tail out, even just a little, it goes off to the side. My MIL says this is a genetic trait. A friend says this is indicative of a back/spinal issue. Lily has carried her tail like this at least 6 of her 9 years (in other words her previous owners told us she always carried it off to the side).

Any ideas?
     
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    07-04-2009, 03:03 PM
  #2
Weanling
What breed is she?
     
    07-04-2009, 07:22 PM
  #3
Weanling
She's an Arabian.
     
    07-05-2009, 12:51 AM
  #4
Green Broke
For arabs a high tail carriage or a carriage slightly to the side is perfectly normal.
     
    07-05-2009, 01:11 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I don't know about a genetic trait? My Arab mares dam didn't do it, but my Arab mare tends to. If she gets herself really worked up, she'll curl her tail right over her back and looks like an oversized Pomeranian If she's relaxed, she just lets it drop normally, but often it's skewered to the side. I've seen it in a lot of Arabs and I tend to think it's due to the high tail carriage - when it's not relaxed or erect, it tends to flop a bit to the side.
     
    07-05-2009, 01:25 AM
  #6
Banned
No, it's not genetic.

It is an indicator of one of the following; a misalignment, neurological issue, one-sidedness, injury.
     
    07-05-2009, 01:47 AM
  #7
Showing
I have seen many many horses with "uneven" carriage, I highly doubt that it means that your horse is injured.
     
    07-05-2009, 09:49 AM
  #8
Banned
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
I have seen many many horses with "uneven" carriage, I highly doubt that it means that your horse is injured.
Be so kind as to not take what I typed out of context. I said:

It is an indicator of one of the following; a misalignment, neurological issue, one-sidedness, injury.

And YES, many, many horses have one of those things going on. They don't however always carry their tail to one side...that's just one possible indicator.
     
    07-05-2009, 12:24 PM
  #9
Showing
I didn't mean to sound rude; guess I was tired when I wrote that post. I just didn't want people thinking "my horse carries its tail high and off to one side when it's playing - have to get a vet out!"
     
    07-05-2009, 01:18 PM
  #10
Trained
I would say It MAY be an indicator of one of the following; a misalignment, neurological issue, one-sidedness, injury. Not always though.
     

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