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post #1 of 7 Old 02-18-2014, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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HELP ! Question on growing tails !

So I will probably be showing my horse in a few short months, his tail is straight across cut but it is kind of string like thin and I see people in horse shows with really healthy thick tails and I want my horses tail to be like theirs Any tips or tricks on keeping/growing a thick healthy tail?! Thanks !
(picture from before his tail was cut straight across, sorry bad picture but the only one I had that showed his tail a bit )
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-18-2014, 08:47 PM
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I know the local schooling shows around me, a good 80% have tail extensions. That's the only way you'll get results that make a huge difference very quickly. If you don't want to do that,and are willing to be patient, just finger comb out his tail instead of brushing/combing, and keep it in a braid. I'm not sure how much you can do to speed up the growth, but you can lessen the loss and breakage by massaging coconut oil into his tail before you braid it up to keep it a little bit slicker and less brittle. Had the same problem with a quarter horse a few years ago haha. His tail looked really similar to your guys' tail, and we managed to get it almost sweeping the ground and fairly even.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-19-2014, 05:56 AM
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Tail, mane or forelock. The answer for growing them fast, thick or long is the same. Except for diet and care there's nothing you can really do. All three are determined by genetics. You can impeded them with a poor diet or poor care, but you cannot increase what their genetic makeup has determined will be the way they grow.

If the diet is optimal for health then all you can do is take care to reduce the number of hairs lost or broken. Comb or brush infrequently. When you do groom their hair use coconut oil to lubricate it and carefully work out any knots or tangles with your fingers before you put a comb to it. Do not use the comb or brush to workout a tangle if you encounter one that you missed.
The coconut oil will not cause it to grow faster or thicker, but it is good for the hair, makes it look nice, is absorbed by it naturally and makes it "slick" for when you are trying to work out any tangles or knots.

If the tail hair ever reaches the ground keep I mind that they can (and will) step on it (pulling out hair in the process) so you may want to trim it up an inch or two. I have to do that with my two periodically.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-19-2014, 07:08 AM
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One thing that I have found really good for helping hair to grow and quickly is Megatex-Rebuilder. It worked really well for me and I was really pleased with the results. Not sure how good it would be to thicken a tail but it's worth a go!
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-19-2014, 09:16 AM
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I massage MTG into the base of his tail and I NEVER brush it. The only time I detangle it is for shows and even then I am super delicate about it. His tail is so much thicker than last year. It takes a while but the improvement is incredible. My horse has the thickest tail of any horse I've ever had and it's just because of that simple change.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-22-2014, 06:04 PM
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I see many people at my local schooling shows with tail extensions. I also add a little baby oil to the underside of my horses tailbone in the winter. This keeps it from drying out and irritating the horse. It usually helps keep my horse from rubbing his tail and damaging it which results in a thicker looking tail for show season :)
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-24-2014, 01:50 AM
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good nutrition is #1! to keep his tail nice, you can braid it, fold it in half, tie in place with a bit of twine, and wrap it with vet wrap. it will help keep the tail protected and clean.

best of luck.
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