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    01-04-2009, 06:05 PM
  #1
Weanling
growing out a tail

Outlaws tail is thin and realy short how can I grow is out with out wraping it. Because outlaw often pulls it of 5 mins later just like he gets his slinky off!!! So how can I grow it out with out wraping it.
     
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    01-04-2009, 06:40 PM
  #2
Yearling
When Athena's tail was chewed off all the way to her hocks, I sprayed Mane & Tail Detangler on her tail, finger combed it, and braided it. I did this every other day or so throughout the winter, and by spring it grew back all the way to the ground.
     
    01-04-2009, 06:54 PM
  #3
Showing
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Originally Posted by kershkova    
Outlaws tail is thin and realy short how can I grow is out with out wraping it. Because outlaw often pulls it of 5 mins later just like he gets his slinky off!!! So how can I grow it out with out wraping it.
Absolutely you can. I can't stand those tail wraps. I find they are not only ugly but useless. For starters leave your horse's tail alone. Do not brush it, do not put anything it in (such as bags). Wash it, clean it and the most you should ever do is hand pick the tail. NEVER brush it. Maybe once a month take all the knots out by hand but nothing else. Biggest mistake made by people is to brush knots out as you rip tail that's taken years to grow. Regularly put conditioner or showsheen to keep it stronger and help it stay tangle free and that's it.
I know some draft horse breeders and showers will condition and vet wraps it for months at a time to completely protect it which I must say I've seen miracles come out of these things BUT I also think its a lot of work to keep it dry and clean and redoing it when required.
Hope you consider it.
     
    01-04-2009, 06:54 PM
  #4
Weanling
When I first got Dixie her tail was at her hocks. I put Mane and Tail Conditioner mixed with water and used it as a leave in conditioner. I brushed her tail and braided it. She usually ends up getting the braid out within 3 hours or so but I also brush her tail almost everyday. It is now a good 3 inches longer. I have had her since August. I also just got some mtg and im already seeing a difference. Hope this helps.
     
    01-04-2009, 07:17 PM
  #5
Weanling
I got the spray in one yerday so that works out realy good but it will onley get in three times a week because that's when I go to the barn. Lol thanks for your help if you have more tps plesese post them.
     
    01-04-2009, 07:35 PM
  #6
Showing
MTG really works for growing a tail. :) I'd try some of that, & conditioner to smooth it out.
     
    01-04-2009, 07:40 PM
  #7
Weanling
im trieing maine and tail first because I have 2 bottles of it. Because it works good geting burrs out of their tails and manes.
     
    01-04-2009, 10:50 PM
  #8
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by CacheDawnTaxes    
Absolutely you can. I can't stand those tail wraps. I find they are not only ugly but useless. For starters leave your horse's tail alone. Do not brush it, do not put anything it in (such as bags). Wash it, clean it and the most you should ever do is hand pick the tail. NEVER brush it. Maybe once a month take all the knots out by hand but nothing else. Biggest mistake made by people is to brush knots out as you rip tail that's taken years to grow. Regularly put conditioner or showsheen to keep it stronger and help it stay tangle free and that's it.
I know some draft horse breeders and showers will condition and vet wraps it for months at a time to completely protect it which I must say I've seen miracles come out of these things BUT I also think its a lot of work to keep it dry and clean and redoing it when required.
Hope you consider it.
I don't agree with not brushing it. I keep both of my TB's tails brushed all the time and they both have lovely tails. However, if you choose to do this you have to keep doing it regularly (I do it 4 times a week) and using a round brush (with the soft flexible bristles) will help, it doesn't pull out the hair. After brushing I message MTG in the roots, but I don't wrap it.
     
    01-05-2009, 10:11 AM
  #9
Started
I never brush the tail unless it is clean and dry (which is usually before a show).
     
    01-05-2009, 10:54 AM
  #10
Super Moderator
MTG and never brushing the tail is your best advice. The tail wraps work but good luck w/ that. I can never keep it on and I lose more tail then I save w/ it. If the tail gets icky, just pull the "dreds" apart with your fingers but refrain from brushing it until after a bath w/ tons and tons of conditioner.....MTG stinks, but it works.
     

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