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post #1 of 38 Old 01-11-2010, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Cutting a Gypsy Vanners tail - Sacrilege or Safe to do?

Hi, I have a Gypsy Vanner, and I got her a year ago. When I got her, her tail was long, matted and brown. I thought about cutting it, but when I told my friend, she said cutting a gypsy vanners tail was an absolute No No! I know it's traditional to keep it long but I don't show her and it's just not practical, especially where I live, where it's quite muddy, particularly this time of year. So for the year I've owned her I've kept it long and thick, and just trimmed the ends.

Do you think it would be ok to cut and thin out her tail? If so how short and how thin? As you can see in her pictures it looks just horrible, and no matter how much I wash and brush it, it stays brown, matted, thick and heavy.
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post #2 of 38 Old 01-11-2010, 02:54 PM
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I don't see why you can't trim/cut her tail, there's no law against it! Do what works best for you. If you're not showing her it doesn't make any difference how long or short, thick or thin her tail is...

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its your horse do what you want ,but they look horrible with their tails cut[in my opinion] I, would persevere at trying to clean it ,brush it out and maybe have to thin it out but I don,t think you,l like the end result of cutting it .your only in the east midlands its not like you have a monsoon season,let us know what you do and whether or not you regret it

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Ok thanks for the tips, I might just thin it then Are there any specific trimmers for course, cobby hair? Or should I just stick with ordinary toothed scissors?
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I don't know holly I just fetched a 7yr old mare back from eire and from being born to me taking her just before xmas she had never been groomed I washed her tail out ,saturated it in pig oil and kept brushing it through the best I could,i,ve finally got all the knots out as well as a pillow case full of hair,and although the tail is thin it still has all its lentgh and it will grow back right
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I don't see why you can't trim/cut her tail, there's no law against it! Do what works best for you. If you're not showing her it doesn't make any difference how long or short, thick or thin her tail is...
Well said.

It is better to keep her clean and comfortable than worry about fashion.

A neatly banged tail looks great. Far better than a matted messy long tail.
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well a neatly banged tail is fashion as obviously its not a natural thing
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post #8 of 38 Old 01-12-2010, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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To get the knots out does it have to be specifically pig oil or could it be something like baby oil? Does it look greasy after?
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post #9 of 38 Old 01-12-2010, 07:26 PM
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Hello..

Hello there. Your Vanner is gorgeous. My thoughts would to not cut her tail, if you are trying to get the knots out etc, use Cowboy Magic. I had a mare who had millions of knots and sticks and a big stick in her tail. We were told to cut it but Cowboy Magic works like a charm! Hope this helps
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post #10 of 38 Old 01-12-2010, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Aww thank you I'll deffinitely look into it, is it expensive?
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