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post #1 of 6 Old 03-12-2014, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Growing out horses mane and tail

I have a Appaloosa with a gross old rubbed out tail. I bought him like this so I never could help before I bought him but he does not rub his tail anymore. But anyways..
I want to grow it out to make it a show tail again. Nice and thick. And I know it's possible because I've seen my friends App grow a gorgeous tail but she won't tell me her secret so I can't beat her in the show ring!
HELP!
I heard that not brushing it and only using your fingers could help. But I don't know how to help his mane either.
Should I start tail bagging my Apps tail? Etc etc etc.
Please help!

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-12-2014, 10:45 AM
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There is no secret, that's why she can't tell you. It comes down to genetics and reducing breakage. Some horses wont get a big tail no matter what you do. That's like saying your hair is just like your friend's hair so both should be the same. Doesn't work that way.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-16-2014, 08:17 AM
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My warmblood has a very thin mane and no forelock... he was an Amish pull horse and they shaved it all about 8months ago, his tail is coming in nicely but I was going ask is there anything I can do to try and thicken up his mane? Any supplements or conditioners? He's bay so I want him to have a luscious black mane And forelock.. but I know it's s long shot due to genetics. ... but I'm hopeful....
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An appy I rode once had a beautiful thick tail. Neither I, nor his owners did anything to his tail to make it this way. Another one on the same property (and actually his half brother) had a thin, shortish tail. His rider kept his tail braided and bagged, as well at putting on MTG a few days a week. The tail maintenance did help quite a bit, but he was just more prone to breakage. Though he developed almost an "average" looking tail, it was never a full beautiful tail like his brother. This happens in other breeds too (I know a warmblood with a short thin tail), but it tends to be more common in appaloosas.

Tips for growing a tail? Don't brush it. Rather wash and condition it once a week and "comb" through it with you fingers while it's all conditioned up. Keep it it braided or bagged. Make sure he is well fly sprayed when the flies come out. Keep up on his deworming. I've had success with MTG. You could consider giving him a "hoof and hair" supplement. You could do all this and you should see results, but don't expect any miracles, and it is highly unlikely that he will ever get a big, broom tail.
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For topical applications Mega Tek Rebuilder works wonders on regrowth and conditions extremely well to prevent future breakage. Much better results than MTG for hair growth (I have used MTG for skin conditions with great success). However, like others have already said, it all goes back to genetics.
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Don't brush it, and put coconut oil in it. Both of these things will help stop breakage and help his tail reach it's full potential, but again as others have said he may never get a thick full tail.

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