Originally Posted by blue eyed pony
Could try a tailbag or tail saver? Tail savers are strips of fabric that you braid into the horse's tail to keep it clean and tangle-free, and to keep the sun off. Tail bags aren't as effective but they go from the very top of the tail down, whereas a tail saver has to be put on below the dock or else it runs the risk of cutting off the circulation, especially if they get it caught.
Yeah I have tried doing those strips of material, it looked super cool BUT then the hair above the bottom of the dock that hadn't been braided in became a giant ball of tangled matted MESS after a couple of days of her swishing at the flies
So that was a no-go. I have a long tail bag that can be velcroed through the top of the braid so that she still has a long tail-like item to swat at flies with, but it doesn't cover the top part where most of the sun bleaching occurs.
Are there long tail bags that tie somehow into the very top of the tail? I want her to still have something to swat flies with, since she does get turned out all day...and I would rather deal with an orange tail and give her turnout all day versus keeping her penned up for the sake of beauty...because above all, she works hard for me and needs her "horsey time"!