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post #11 of 20 Old 12-13-2011, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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It really comes down to they either have it or the do not. Not much you can do to make it what genetics will not do. You can help it out and keep it from braking to some extent but if they do not have the ability to grow a long thick tail there is not much you can do.
I wonder if people are using extensions then. Almost every horse at the show had nice thick tail. All but mine. I don't care THAT much (it is what it is ), just had some hopes for the magical trick. Lol!

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post #12 of 20 Old 12-13-2011, 06:17 PM
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Tail bag, don't brush it make sure her diet is excellent. Biotin will also help to add in feed for mane/tail/hoof growth :)
Hugo has a horrible dunny brush tail as well, after being in the paddock for 18months, the top is thick and fuzzy, and tapers off to a few straggly strands at the fetlocks. He'll be going straight into a tail bag asap!

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I used to use MTG, like many here have said. It is oily and I never really got any results. Try not brushing it as often ( dunno whether your horse has this problem or not, but I bought an arabian gelding with a huge matt in his tail. Couldn't brush it out so I just cut it. His tails gotten much longer since I cut out!)
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Tail bag, don't brush it make sure her diet is excellent. Biotin will also help to add in feed for mane/tail/hoof growth :)
Hugo has a horrible dunny brush tail as well, after being in the paddock for 18months, the top is thick and fuzzy, and tapers off to a few straggly strands at the fetlocks. He'll be going straight into a tail bag asap!
Kayty, she has really nice coat (all shiny), so I assume nutrition should be just right (biotin is in supplements I give them, and I also add flax). Actually the tail is nice to brush too: she doesn't loose the hair there when I brush with the comb. What exactly the tail bag does?

RB, MTG got me nowhere. I read it does wonder for some people, but frankly I never came across someone in real life who used it with success. Lol!

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The tail bag stops hair being pulled out in the paddock, stops it getting weak from being exposed to the weather, and will get it to lay flat - plus will also help stop it getting tangled so less brushing required. I swear by tails bags! But I always use the ones that attach to rugs, I buy mine from "Swish Horse", I'm not sure if they ship internationally, but they are by FAR the best tail bags I have tried and last for years.

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Thank you! I have a cheap one I got to keep the tail clean after the bath before the show (and never got to use :) ). Hopefully it'll stay on.

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You know over the years I have tried it all. I have done the tail bags the 3 tub braided tail wraps (do like those the best of all) you name it I have tried it. What I have found works just as well is the least expensive and the easiest?

DO NOTHING. Keep the tangles out and the hay and sticks out and then do nothing. Only brush when it is clean and dry but past that just leave it a lone.

This past summer and fall I bet I washed tails once if that used no MTG or very little. The tails grow just as fast as they did when I was washing conditioning and using MTG.

I cut off about 10 inch off the mares tails about a month ago to keep the tails out of the mud. I like to keep the between the hocks and the ankles anyway but they had gotten to the point they where dragging the ground so I cut them. Guess what? They are about down to the ankles again and probably in anouther month will need to be cut again.
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Haha! I eventually just gave up putting stuff in my arabian's tail, it has taken a bit of time but it's grown out a little. He's a speed horse, so I guess it doesn't really matter too much.
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You know over the years I have tried it all. I have done the tail bags the 3 tub braided tail wraps (do like those the best of all) you name it I have tried it. What I have found works just as well is the least expensive and the easiest?

DO NOTHING. Keep the tangles out and the hay and sticks out and then do nothing. Only brush when it is clean and dry but past that just leave it a lone.

This past summer and fall I bet I washed tails once if that used no MTG or very little. The tails grow just as fast as they did when I was washing conditioning and using MTG.

I cut off about 10 inch off the mares tails about a month ago to keep the tails out of the mud. I like to keep the between the hocks and the ankles anyway but they had gotten to the point they where dragging the ground so I cut them. Guess what? They are about down to the ankles again and probably in anouther month will need to be cut again.
Lol! Good point, reiner! I'll just let it be. She'll be one horse with the toilet brush instead of the tail at the shows!

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post #20 of 20 Old 12-15-2011, 04:21 PM
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I do rub a touch of oil baby through ruby's tail to protect it a bit and make it easier to keep clean, over that I leave our twos tails alone. I think they either have a good tail or not, but I have seen the results from tail bags, surprising good!
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