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    01-19-2011, 03:03 AM
Green Broke
Gidget's tail.

I think I should pull it at the top but scared I will make her tail look puny

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    01-19-2011, 09:04 AM
I would do what a lot of dressage riders do with Gidget. Place your arm under the tail so that it is lifted in it's natural position when she is moving, and then just trim with scissors the ends of the short hairs at the top of the tail to make a clean line when the tail is lifted. I don't show, but I think this looks a lot better than a pulled tail, because it looks neat without looking skimpy.
    01-19-2011, 12:53 PM
Green Broke
Sooo...I put my arm under her tail and trim at the same time?
    01-21-2011, 11:12 PM
I think that anyone could mistake a blunt cut real tail with a tail extension. And really, I like them but my horse doesnt need one. Have you tried putting MTG on your horse's tail, and putting a tail bag over it and leaving it on over night? MTG really makes it grow fast. But if you do resort to a tail extension you could take some thinning shears or scissors pointed upward and uneven out the ends just a little to make it look a bit more natural. And you know its the correct length when you back up your horse and it just barely touches the ground.
    02-06-2012, 07:10 AM
Does any one know where I can get a forlock extention from in WA or if I can get it ordered in from anywhere? I have a clydsdale with a bald face who has had her forlock cut too short and realy need to protect her face, please anybody?
    02-06-2012, 07:21 AM
I use to use a light weight extension in my show geldings tail. It was a 1/4 lb tail. He always has a beautiful long tail, but wouldn't fill out at the bottom, so my trainer at the time made him this 1/4 lb one, and it NEVER looked fake. It made his tail just look full and gorgeous. I think the fake look comes from improperly putting them in and having more fake tail than natural tail. It shouldn't be a replacement for a tail.

I have never used a forlock extension, but I can see where those would look really fake.
    02-06-2012, 07:45 AM
Originally Posted by kmjaxon    
does any one know where I can get a forlock extention from in WA or if I can get it ordered in from anywhere? I have a clydsdale with a bald face who has had her forlock cut too short and realy need to protect her face, please anybody?
Protect her face? As in from the sun/flies/whatever? I think you would be better off buying a flymask than investing in a forelock extension if that is the case.
    02-06-2012, 08:15 AM
Green Broke
These people do the best forelock extensions that I know of and they certainly don't look fake either.

No chance of them falling off because they are attached to your bridle.
Extra Forelock - Extra Plaits and Loose Plaits - by Philippa Kirby

These are the extensions that anyone in the UK show ring will use. Mainly because extensions are not allowed in the ring here so if you are going to use them you have to not be caught (and everyone who needs one uses one! Even top proffessionals)
    02-06-2012, 05:47 PM
If you're showing APHA, last I checked forelock extensions were illegal. I don't know if they've changed the rules or not, I'm so over the APHA lol!

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