Bagging A Tail- Help please

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        12-03-2008, 01:43 AM
    Unhappy Bagging A Tail- Help please

    Right now winter is pretty much in full force here.. Michigan weather It kinda sucks lol..

    Today we had a trimming app. For all the horses to get there shoes taken off so they don't go skating! But I went out to get sully my mare.. and I looked... and I almost started crying... Her tail was just.. coming out like breaking off.. Looks like her tail got went and then froze and basically is breaking right off.. Sully has a GORGEOUS tail.. LONG and FULL, so it was quite horrible to see this happening...
    My worst nightmare is happening.

    I wanna bag it so that way it will grow more.. and I wont have to worry about it all that much.. but Im not sure how to go about doing it... one time my 4_h leader had a hole thing about this.. demonstration.. now I wish I would have paid a lot more attention then I did..

    If someone could tell me how you do yours so I can have an idea.. that would be GREAT... Thanks
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        12-03-2008, 07:51 AM
    What I do is get the tail as clean as possible, and then braid it from the tail bone down as tightly as you can. Then I take a long tube sock and put the braided part of the tail in it. Then I use a shoe lace to tie it on. I start on the back side of the tail just below the tail bone and push it through the sock, tail, and back out the front side of the sock. I do it again going to the back, maybe a couple of times depending on the horse. Then with both ends of the shoe lace coming out the back, I cross them over each other and take them around each side of the tail bag to the front where I tie the shoe lace ends together. Then you can fold the top of the tube sock over it, and presto - your tail is bagged.

    I recommend taking it out and redoing it every 1-2 weeks if it stays up nicely, more frequently if the tail is coming down.
        12-03-2008, 01:44 PM
    I second the long tube sock. That's what I use currently. Instead of shoe laces, I just cut down the top of the tube sock about 2 inches and use those as my "tie strings". I weave them through the braid and then tie them.
        12-03-2008, 04:17 PM
    I use vetwrap to wrap my horses' tails. Works wonders!

    Here's a How To video on how to do it. I hope it helps!
        12-03-2008, 05:48 PM
    Could someone please tell me why you do this it's a new concept to me
        12-03-2008, 05:56 PM
    Why you would bag a tail?

    People bag a tail to protect it (from mud etc) Since it is protected, it can grow longer and thicker. Usually people who show do this. I personally don't show but I want my horses to have the best tail possible.
        12-03-2008, 06:55 PM
    Appy, what a great video... I know a lot of people who used a panty hose leg on tails. When I showed Evo, he had a proper tail bag on attached to his rug... my mate show prepped him for me :)
        12-03-2008, 07:08 PM
    Thank you :)
        12-04-2008, 02:13 PM
    Looks awesome. Im going to bag my horse's tail this upcoming weekend. He just got his first bottle of MTG

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