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    09-04-2012, 08:13 PM
  #1
Foal
Help, awful tail!!

Hi guys, this is Patron and I need some help with his short, thin tail. I know tail don't grow very fast if at all, but I was wondering if you guys might have any tips on making it longer and more healthy... Thanks :)
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    09-04-2012, 09:04 PM
  #2
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Genetics determine the final length and thickness of the tail, but there are a few things you can do to help achieve that maximum.

Start by evaluating his diet. Make sure he's getting adequate amounts of all the essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. There are many nutritional factors for hair growth. Fatty acids help, too.

Depending on his living situation, there are additional steps you can take. Use plenty of EFFECTIVE fly spray. If you have the time to do it right and check it a couple times a day, you can bag it. You do need to wash and condition it first, followed by detangling. Don't use a comb or brush, because you will break the hairs. Use a good product (my favorite is Healthy Haircare Moisturizer) and your fingers to separate the strands of hair. Then you just braid and bag, or bag and braid, depending on which type of tail bag you use. Be prepared to see some hair come out, but it shouldn't be as bad after the first time. Take it out every week or two, condition and reapply. Examine his stall/paddock/pasture for things that could catch the bag, or his tail if choose to not use the bag.

From that picture, the tail doesn't look too bad, but it is hard to see.
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    09-04-2012, 09:10 PM
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The biggest problem I see is all the broken hairs at the top. If all of that grows out, the tail will be much thicker. Was he rubbing his dock? You need to make sure he isn't still rubbing by stopping whatever was causing it. Then, keep the tail clean and conditioned. I use human shampoo for dry hair and human creme rinse. Then, I braid it and put it in a cotton tube sock. Once every week, or so, I take it out, shampoo/condition/rebraid. I use ONLY human brushes on my horses tails, as they are designed to minimize breakage. I will always pick the tail, then lightly brush it.
     
    09-04-2012, 11:44 PM
  #4
Started
You can rub MTG into his tail or I have heard rubbing olive oil into it also works well.
     
    09-05-2012, 02:04 PM
  #5
Foal
Atleast your horse has a tail! Mine was docked when I got her, her dock is only about 3 inches long! She just has a fuzzball on her bottom :( I've also heard olive oil is good because it helps put the protein back into the hair folicle, and massaginging the dock helps stimulate blood flow and growth.
     
    09-07-2012, 10:20 AM
  #6
Green Broke
We were just talking about tails...........

A tail brag
     
    09-07-2012, 12:16 PM
  #7
Yearling
I'm just going to throw this out there about the broken hairs at the top. It seems to be a buckskin/dun thing. When I used to show breed shows, even the horses that had a serious tail management program had broken hairs at the top.

I know that what I was extremly paranoid about Odie's tail, I did every hair treatment, wax, conditioning trtments known to man & horse. It did look nicer than when I don't do all that, but I still had the broken hairs.

Otherwise to get more length, I just start a braid about 3" down from the bone, and roll up the braid, and wrap it in vet wrap (looks like a cocoon). But I would wait until after the flies go away. Even a short tail can get some flies.
     
    09-07-2012, 12:39 PM
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In that thread texasgal posted, the OP found a way to put up her horse's tail, while attaching baling twine to it so the horse had something to swat with
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    09-07-2012, 03:01 PM
  #9
Weanling
Put the tail up after rubbing in coconut oil. Mid week apply some MTG to the tail bone. At the end of the week take the tail down and wash and condition the tail. Start the process of coconut oil and MTG over again.
     
    09-13-2012, 09:37 PM
  #10
Yearling
A mixture of Listerine (original) and a small bit of baby oil rubbed into the dock of the tail will help with them rubbing. This is of course assuming they have been wormed already and just have the itchy tail thing going on. I agree on the braiding and bagging or braiding with pantyhose but make sure you are taking it down often and that it is fully dry when you are braiding it.

At the end of the day, you can improve some but some horse just have thinner tails then others. That tail looks pretty nice. Maybe not real full but I have seen worse for sure.
     

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