I never braid my horses' tails, it is just to time-consuming for me. My horses don't have that nice of tails, but I do condition them and detangle for general upkeep. Manes, however, are something I pay lots of attention to. I always make sure they stay free of anything that will tangle them. I do regular braids evenly spaced out in the summer. It keeps the horses cool, especially with my morgan who has a really heavy mane! In winter I just leave them alone. I haven't had a problem with my horses rubbing or chewing their manes thus far. They are all too grumpy to let another horse do that for that long. Running braids are also good, but I find they come out too soon, and I have to rebraid them again.