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post #11 of 38 Old 01-13-2010, 05:32 PM
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baby oil will do it holly just keep messing for about 10 15 minutes a day depending how knotted it is ,i think it will come right ,i mean nature gave them the tail to do a job,it won,t cost you much to try i once had a badly knotted tail on a mare took the quick option and cut it god i was sick every time i looked at her
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post #12 of 38 Old 01-13-2010, 05:58 PM
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I can't believe no one has mentioned it yet! Why don't you wash it well, get the knots out,braid it, and then bag it? As in a tail bag. they are cheap to buy, come in different colors and styles and keep the tail clean! She doesn't look like a gypsy, she's a color rebel in your pic,LOL! She is mostly white*shudders about keeping clean*. Anyway, she is gorgeous, and if i had a gypsy i wouldn't ever cut it except for the occasional trim. Good Luck! :)
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I agree with the above poster ^
Give it a good bath with shampoo and conditioner, brush it, and braid+bag or at least just braiding it really helps..
For a detangler I very very highly recommend Absorbine Santa Fe. I've tried Show Sheen, Cowboy Magic, Survivor, etc etc, and none of them held a candle to Santa Fe.
The prices vary..for the spray-on I think around here we get it for about $15..? But if you're keeping the tail braided you won't need it much, so it'll last you.

If you still want to cut it, just be very careful not to cut it too short because you'll REALLY regret it, and it'll take a long time to grow back. Keep in mind that she will carry her tail higher when she's moving.
To cut it, if you happen to have clippers that's the best way to get through a thick tail. If not, just slowly work through it with the heaviest normal scissors you have, and just take your time so that you can be sure to even it out.
Place your hand loosely around the entire tail at the very base, then slide your hand straight down. Get a tight grip around the tail right above the area that you want to cut, then bring it up to eye-level and cut as straight as possible. Sometimes I wind up touching it up a bit after the initial cut, and it's likely you'll have to do that too with such a thick tail.


Good luck =) she's a very pretty girl!
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Oh and a note I must add- I don't know how flies are where you live but whether you cut the tail short or braid/bag it, keep in mind that her personal fly swatter is being taken away so she may need extra protection if flies are bad!
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Most people that bang a tail do not bang them what I am guessing you are calling short, rocky.
I neatly trimmed tail will still work just fine for a fly swatter.
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Oh and a note I must add- I don't know how flies are where you live but whether you cut the tail short or braid/bag it, keep in mind that her personal fly swatter is being taken away so she may need extra protection if flies are bad!
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That's what I was gonna mention. I personally wouldn't cut it because it is her personal protection from flies. But if you're going to, make sure you do something else for her to keep the flies away.

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Here is a photo of a banged tail

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This horse will have no problem swishing flies.

Why does everyone think trimming dead ends means nothing to swish flies with?


*photo is something I found using google
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Oh and a note I must add- I don't know how flies are where you live but whether you cut the tail short or braid/bag it, keep in mind that her personal fly swatter is being taken away so she may need extra protection if flies are bad!
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Trimming a tail is not going to alter the fly protection.

OP - yes wash the tail. We have several palominos. Tail washing is pretty much a weekly thing. When the tail touches the ground, we'll trim a couple of inches so that the poor horse doesn't step on it backing out of the trailer and do far worse damage than the trim does.

Tail bags are ok but I have yet to find one that will stand up to the torture my husbands "A" horse puts it through. I usually just wash, braid and tie it up with twine string.
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I bang my horses' tails so..I know what it is and how you do it..so..not sure what was being implied there..
It sounded to me like she was describing that she wanted to cut the tail short. She definitely described it as "cutting", not "trimming".
So on with the point, I've seen horses with tails banged at about the level of the hocks and it looked fine, but that's a situation where it wouldn't serve so well as a fly swatter.

But whether she bangs it or layers it or whatever she's considering doing, if it's cut short it's not going to be good for swatting flies. That's the point..
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I've used just plain old baby oil, and it works great. Cheap, too! That's a lot of tail to go through. Good luck, she's lovely!!

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