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post #21 of 38 Old 01-14-2010, 04:43 PM
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For heaven's sake people, it's HAIR. It'll grow back!

Even if she wants to cut it to hock length, the horse will be FINE.

For all y'all having the vapors about her not being able to swat flies, may I remind you it's WINTER in the UK, just like it is here in the US?

I know that one of the selling points of GVs are their over abundance of hair, but unless the horse is some high-falutin' expensive show nag who'll be on view by the Queen of England, what the heck difference does it make?

Tempest in a teapot, for cryin' out loud.

OP, if you want to cut your horse's tail instead of spending hours trying to get the danged thing clean and burr free, go ahead. The sun won't fall out of the sky, and your horse isn't going to drop over dead from having a shorter tail than the 'approved' length.

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post #22 of 38 Old 01-14-2010, 05:02 PM
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WD-40 is also great for getting knots out.

But I agree - It's up to you if you want to chop it. Often damaged tails will grow back healthier when chopped short - My friend chopped her appies puny little tail up to his hocks and it has grown back in beautifully.

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That was a bit of an over-reaction, Speed Racer...
We're all just trying to be helpful. I was simply reminding her about the fly part for the long term. Eventually fly season will come. If she is keeping her mare's tail short through that time, she will need to keep that in mind. It's just a reminder. I keep my horse's tail bagged, and when I first started I hadn't even thought of it, so I (as well as my horse) would have benefited from a reminder about that.
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Not really, Rocky.

People are giving her all sorts of advice she didn't ask for about cleaning, braiding and bagging, as well as the 'ZOMG don't EVAH cut her tail!' histrionics.

It's JUST HAIR. Even if it's hock length, the horse will still have enough to swat flies with come the hot summer months. If she doesn't, they make fly sheets.

This isn't a show horse, nor does it appear that the OP want to spend hours fussing with her animal's tail. If y'all want to do that to your animals, that's fine.

I've banged and not banged, braided and not braided, and bagged and not bagged over the last 31 years of owning horses. Unless the animal is part of a show string, what difference does it make whether or not the tail is cut?
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That was a bit of an over-reaction, Speed Racer...
We're all just trying to be helpful. I was simply reminding her about the fly part for the long term. Eventually fly season will come. If she is keeping her mare's tail short through that time, she will need to keep that in mind. It's just a reminder. I keep my horse's tail bagged, and when I first started I hadn't even thought of it, so I (as well as my horse) would have benefited from a reminder about that.
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I disagree rocky. You are the one who got all upset about fly protection.

Bagging a tail does not offer much for fly protection. A loose tail can flow and cover much more area.
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Not really, Rocky.

People are giving her all sorts of advice she didn't ask for about cleaning, braiding and bagging, as well as the 'ZOMG don't EVAH cut her tail!' histrionics.

It's JUST HAIR. Even if it's hock length, the horse will still have enough to swat flies with come the hot summer months. If she doesn't, they make fly sheets.

This isn't a show horse, nor does it appear that the OP want to spend hours fussing with her animal's tail. If y'all want to do that to your animals, that's fine.

I've banged and not banged, braided and not braided, and bagged and not bagged over the last 31 years of owning horses. Unless the animal is part of a show string, what difference does it make whether or not the tail is cut?
the op asked what people thought and what there opinions were theres only you making a federal case out of it
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theres only you making a federal case out of it
By making a statement that's it's just hair and will grow back?
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Uh oh, I've started world war III! Thank you all so much for your help. Lucky's deffinitely no show horse, I bought her for 400 from a rescue centre! I just want her to look neater and not have that massive thick matted mess on her bum, it can't be comfy to have to carry! I can't do a lot with her tail at the moment because of all the frost and snow, I just want to do something when it gets a teensy bit warmer. I'm gonna do it before we get flies, but to be honest where I am, flies aren't too much of a problem, just a quick squirt of spray keeps em at bay.

Again thank you all for your help, I'm taking all your information into consideration!
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She's your horse, you do what you want. I think it would be heart breaking if you were to cut her tail but realistically, it's a health issue to.

You should give her a good wash, untangle it by hand, throw some showsheen in there to help keep the knots and things from getting caught in it and you should be fine. Keep on top of it tho. If you have problems now, it's because you didn't maintain enough until now so it turned into a disaster.

I had a breed of horse that grows more mane and tail than you knew what to do with AND it was insanely curly. If you take care of it, you shouldnt have issues.
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Oh my goodness! Speed Racer and mls, you need to calm down and take the time to carefully read things..
Clearly there's some kind of misunderstanding here and things are being taken WAY out of context. I was simply giving her a friendly reminder. Nobody freaked out until you all came.

Nobody is shoving their opinions down her throat, no one is freaking out. Nobody is making a scene about flies.
She may not have known that she could braid or bag the tail, so it's good to tell her in case she wants to preserve it. You'll notice that I also gave advice about cutting the tail if she wants to do that. It's her decision, but it's nice to make her aware of her options.
For my horse, I keep it pretty short and braid it, so I have to do a little extra for fly protection. Again, since I advised her to bag the tail I felt it would be a good idea to give her a reminder about flies. Never said a thing about not cutting it or not bagging it for that reason. I was one person advising her to do so! I don't know where you all get that kind of idea.

Goodness. Perhaps if you were a bit nicer people you wouldn't be expecting everyone else to be as rude as you are all the time. Until today I've never said a thing on this forum with malice behind it.
So I won't be returning to this particular thread as I always try to avoid such negative energy.


To the OP, I sincerely apologize for all of this. It seems that anything on earth can be turned into a big dramatic scene here..=/
Good luck with your girl! She's very pretty. No matter what you do I'm sure she'll still look great =)

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