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  • How to keep a horses tail from falling out while swatting flies
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    02-24-2009, 08:10 PM
Unhappy Ahhhhhh! Help! Tail!!!!

Ok I'm freaking out! I usually keep my horses tail in a tail bag and every once in while I notice some broken hairs but today I could have puked!

I used a sock for the first time, out it in like I always do. Leave in conditoner on everything, and MTG on the tail bone. That was about 2 weeks ago. So I went to go brush it out today. AHHHHH!

His tail is long but its getting thinner!

Ahhh What should I do? I hate leaving it alone, because its so hard to brush when I do have to and I always feel like I'm doing damage. I don't know. HELP!!!
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    02-25-2009, 10:59 AM
Well maybe the horse got it caught on something (above the tail bag) and then when you brushed it out you saw more broken hairs than normal. I would suggest not putting the MTG on the tail bone, just put it on the hair itself. Also i'd never leave the tail up for 2 weeks. I take mine down weekly. You may want to try Infusium leave in hair treatment, its less oily and it doesn't build up on the hair.
    02-25-2009, 11:03 AM
As toosleepy said be careful about applying anything to the tail head. You can clog the pores and cause the hair to fall out.

Have you checked to see if she is dirty or is she due to be wormed? Is she itching her tail?
    02-25-2009, 11:26 AM
If you look at the mtg bottle the directions say to apply it to the tail bone if your looking for tail growth. So that really shouldnt be a problem. However I do agree that the tail should be taken out at least once a week, and then put back up,leaving it in for too long periods of time may be the problem
    02-25-2009, 10:10 PM
Ok Thanks Toosleepy I'm going to really have to try that infusium stuff. I know your horses have beautiful tails! I've been using That Sante Fe Coat conditioner and makes his tail softer then mine. I love it!

I don't use MTG all the time, just ocassionally. I usually take the bag out at least once a week but I had alot going on the past couple weeks. It seems like I always have quite a few hairs coming out tho. Is it that normal? I know his tail better looks a whole lot better then when I got him almost 2 years ago. I tried to find a pic but this is the best one I could find. This was less then 2 years ago and you can see his tail was at his hock.

Just curious do you guys leave them in the summer? I heard that causes breakage when they are swating at flys.

Thank you all for your input!!
    02-25-2009, 10:13 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
As toosleepy said be careful about applying anything to the tail head. You can clog the pores and cause the hair to fall out.

Have you checked to see if she is dirty or is she due to be wormed? Is she itching her tail?

I just washed it 3 weeks ago and he is up to date on being dewormed. He hasn't been itching. Thanks tho!
    02-25-2009, 10:15 PM
A farm I worked at would keep tails wraped year round and for summer they would wrap bailing twine into the wrap for the horse to use as an "artificial tail" so they would have somthing to swat flies with
    02-25-2009, 10:26 PM
I keep mine up year round. If your horse is out and swatting you could attach fake swatters to the sock like other said. I do not have to do that with mine. Now in the summer I usually have to re do the tail every other day depending on how much they swish their tails. Your origional picture looks like he caught the tail on a bucket and when you brushed it out you had a hunk of hair. Put some duct tape over the bucket hooks so if he does come close to the bucket it won't get stuck. If you do use the infusium you can let that touch the dock of the tail with out possibility of irritation.
    02-25-2009, 10:56 PM
I have the same problem with my Geldings tail. I take it out and brush it and a ton of hair comes off. I havent kept it up for a while but usually it straightens itself out. I would just keep doing what your doing and eventually it should thicken.
    03-01-2009, 07:04 PM

Those are some good suggestions. I know what you mean, wanting to keep your horses tail nice a clean in a bag!

The only thing I have to add to help the hair falling out is to try using your fingers instead of combing it. They wont pull the hair out as easily since you have control as to were you put them, if you know what I mean!

Oh, your horses tail is absolutely gorgeous, I think!

I hope that that helped! Let us know the results!

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