Originally Posted by bgood400
If you don't use one at AQHA shows it makes you look inexperienced and out of place, so basicly you have to use one.
There are some horses that can compete at AQHA shows without fake ones, but they are few and far between. I remember waiting for a Trail class and hearing somebody mention that my mare's "fake" tail was too heavy (had more hair than needed). It was her real tail, and the two foals she has had have those huge tails as well. Some horses just have it, some don't. Another friend who has won two AQHA Amateur world champs competed at the World show and placed just a couple of years ago in multiple events (including showmanship) without putting a fake tail in or using hoof black. You can get it to work on occasion and with good care of the tail, just not often.
Oh, and I'm not against them at all. My gelding needs one, and has never stepped into the ring at an AQHA show without one.