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post #11 of 17 Old 04-26-2009, 11:07 PM
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I had a simillar problem and I started a thread about it and had great pics, but I think I deleted the pics from my photobucket. My problem was not taking it out enough. You have to take it out atleast once a week or more in the summer or they will start to break. I also REALLY like the braid in tail bags but you pretty much have to re do it everyday or it will fall out. Since I have been doing this I have seen improvement. Leaving it alone didn't work for me. It just gets so snarly and then you have to take like 2 hours to brush it and make sure you don't pull any hairs out, then you do anyways no matter how careful you are, and then they get snaged on stuff out in the pasture and then if you have a mare, she comes into heat and pees all over it and makes it all gross and so on. lol sorry about my rant.

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post #12 of 17 Old 04-27-2009, 08:30 PM
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My draft's tail is like Friesian thick and I try to keep it braided because it's a nightmare trying to brush it when it gets tangled. It's wavy, too, so he gets dreadlocks if I don't keep it brushed. I French braid it at the top until it gets close to the end of the tail and then braid normally the rest of the way down. He ends up shaking the band out and it's completely un-braided two days later, though. Silly horse.

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I had been taking it out and rebraiding it every few days. I think I'm just going to leave it alone (other than the MTG). That's what I did when she was younger and it still grew a lot. I'm definitely going to stop dying it... I suspect that's what did it.

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post #14 of 17 Old 04-28-2009, 01:42 AM
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This is how I put my tails up now
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My horses are out 24/7, and would just destroy bags/wraps on their tails, and create big knots out of braids. This actually stays up, and still allows the horse use of it's tail.
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post #15 of 17 Old 04-28-2009, 01:43 PM
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AES do you put the tape on the bottom like she says, or do you have a different way of tying it off?
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post #16 of 17 Old 04-28-2009, 06:46 PM
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I don't touch my boy's tail from late fall until the first warm day in spring. I let it get wet, muddy, filthy and icy. Last week I gave it a good shampoo and condition. It touches the ground. I personally feel that braiding puts more stress on the hairs. If it ain't broke...!
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-28-2009, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by free_sprtd View Post
AES do you put the tape on the bottom like she says, or do you have a different way of tying it off?
I don't use any tape. As long as you keep it moisturized, it really doesn't seem to come out. All I do is put some leave in conditioner in a spray bottle, and spray it on every couple of days.
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