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post #1 of 24 Old 02-23-2014, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Why don't Appys have tails?

I don't have much experience with them...like, at all. I sat on one during a Girl Scout trip when I was like 10 but that's about it haha..


But why don't they have thick tails? Were they bred for something other than tails? Where, in the grand scheme of breeding, did the tails go away?

They're such pretty animals and then boom. Tiny little tails. Like, what the heck? LOL.

If someone could explain how they somehow missed the tail train that'd be awesome.
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post #2 of 24 Old 02-23-2014, 08:31 PM
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its called a Trait. Not all Appys have the rat tail and sparse mane. I dont the Genetics behind it.
They were not bred to have rat tails, just happens.
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post #3 of 24 Old 02-23-2014, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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its called a Trait. Not all Appys have the rat tail and sparse mane. I dont the Genetics behind it.
They were not bred to have rat tails, just happens.
I know it's called a trait, not a train lol. It's just a figure of speech that I use.
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post #4 of 24 Old 02-23-2014, 09:47 PM
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I have an appy she has literally no tail and her mane is the same and esp when she has her neck cover on her rug

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post #5 of 24 Old 02-23-2014, 11:40 PM
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Because when the Appy went before God for his finishing touches he was told he could either have brains or a tail, he chose the brains....

Next in line was a ......


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post #6 of 24 Old 02-24-2014, 09:32 PM
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^^ lololol
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post #7 of 24 Old 02-24-2014, 09:46 PM
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The logic behind the sparse mane rat tail and thicker coat is for easy travel though dense and thorny brush.
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post #8 of 24 Old 02-25-2014, 12:02 AM
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My appy has a tail and long mane which I sometimes have to trim. This is Vagas



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post #9 of 24 Old 02-25-2014, 06:12 PM
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It is a characteristic of the original Appy; personally, that is what I look for in the breed. Since some Curlies have Appy blood in them there are some that come out with rat tails. Very unique, IMPO.
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post #10 of 24 Old 02-27-2014, 11:38 AM
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Ok, slightly off topic here but, a neighbor of my grandparents bought an appy once, her dad felt so sorry for the horse he went out and tied a fly swatter (I do believe a pink plastic one) onto the horses tail, so he could get rid of the bugs. apparently the horse was rather shocked when he first used his new "tail"
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