Braiding and Bagging a Tail in the Winter?

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    12-23-2013, 12:08 PM
Braiding and Bagging a Tail in the Winter?

I have heard of people just normal braiding a horse's tail then putting it in a tail bag and that it will help a a tail grow thicker? Then you take it out ever month or so and finger come it then braid and bag it again.

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    12-23-2013, 12:37 PM
It helps keep it from breaking, which may help it stay thicker. Some horses just genetically have very little mane or tail, and there's nothing you can do about it (many Appaloosas and TB's fall into that category). Some horses have hugely thick tails just from genetics (look at Fresians and Gypsy Vanners).

The braid and bag won't fight genetics :) but it does help. My horse's tail is already starting to drag on the ground!
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    12-23-2013, 12:40 PM
I do this with my horse's tail year round, but mostly to keep it white and to keep him from stepping on it.

I know some people who will do something similar, but with vetrap that they leave in pretty much all winter. It takes a little bit more skill, though. When I tried it, no matter how tight I put the vetrap, it always slid off within a day or two

ETA- Just be sure not to braid or wrap on the tail bone as this can cause them to lose circulation there.
    12-23-2013, 02:13 PM
I do similar year round, but I vet wrap instead of tail bag. It helps protect the tail, assuming it isn't done incorrectly, but it won't beat thin/short tail genetics.
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    12-23-2013, 02:36 PM
At my barn we put their tails up in the winter. We put some conditioner in their tails, braid them, and then tuck them up and vetwrap them. It keeps their tails in really good condition all winter. It won't make it any thicker (that's all genetics) but it does help keep it healthy longer.
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    12-23-2013, 03:29 PM
Yup-I do the vet wrap and leave it in pretty much all winter. I have not done it yet, but will in the next couple of weeks, and, since I am pretty much an absentee owner, it will stay in until probably March or April. I condition, brush, and braid in a looonnnnggg piece cloth I tear off an old sheet. I put the middle of the strip at the top of the braid (which is always just below the tail bone, braid it in as I go, and then use the ends of the sheet to tie it up….sort of like you do on a smaller version when you plait a mane. Then I wrap it with Vetwrap-again-make sure everything is below the bone. Sometime I put some duck tape on the vet wrap to make sure it stays. Then when you take it out, do not panic, as you will comb out a lot of hair the first time-it is just all the hair you would have been combing out all winter anyways. It real helps it get nice and long and protects it. If you ride your horse, I would recommend lunging them first to get them used to being hit between the legs with the taped up tail…..just a thought. Some of my geldings do not like it.
    12-23-2013, 03:53 PM
This is my favorite tail wrapping video, I always put my guys up like this, and it really helps grow a tail.

Remember, white vetwrap for light tails, and don't do pregnant mares with red, you will give yourself many heart attacks, ask me how I know.
    12-23-2013, 04:02 PM
Remember, white vetwrap for light tails, and don't do pregnant mares with red, you will give yourself many heart attacks, ask me how I know.[/QUOTE]

I use brightly colored vet wrap on all but one of my tails because I have only 1 white tail, but the one color I refuse to use for any reason is red. I totally get the no red on pregnant mares. Guardtex is actually my favorite wrap but it's a lot more expensive than vet wrap. I also like to put a few hay strings in when I'm wrapping, let the ends hang free so that the horse can swish flies if he needs to. We also keep our tails up year round.
    12-23-2013, 04:04 PM
I have always used colored vet wrap on all tails, light and dark, including many show horses without any problems. Actually I strictly avoid white.
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    12-23-2013, 04:09 PM
I also have quit using tail bags. Every single one of my horses knows how to take them off and they litter the pasture with them. USELESS.

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