About a week after I bought Cinny last spring he turned up with a fungus and rubbed off all the hair from the top of his bum down to his hocks as well as part of the base of his tail. It's all gone now and the hair has grown back on his legs, but his tail unfortunately will take time. I've been pampering his tail, massaging his tailbone with MTG, doing whatever I can think of to encourage his tail to grow thick and long again (right now it's long-ish and half as thick). Part of this is keeping it bagged or wrapped...which when I was in CA was normal at my stable. At least 75% of the horses there had their tails either in bags or wrapped up vet wrap style.
But here in Lincoln NE everyone seems to think I'm this crazy, tail obsessed dork and the kids keep asking me what's wrong with my horses tail? Did he hurt it, did he injure it, why is it bandaged. It's a "show stable" so I am actually quite shocked at the lack of tail care practice going on here. They make me feel like I'm some total moron or miscreant for making my horse "look like an idiot." Even my trainer gives me funny looks when I show up with my horse's tail "up."
So tell me, how many of you wrap, bag, or somehow do something with your horses tail to keep it clean and unamaged? Is this yet another thing from the 80's/90's that is now out of style?