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post #1 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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the horse from hell!

...or atleast her tail is. My 2yr old Belle, has this HORRIBLE tail. Its LONG, THICK, and.... SPIRAL! It lays about 1" on the ground, but the hair is so spiraly/curly, that it winds around itself. Not like its tangled, but its in ropes of hair just swirled around itself. I guess I have to get some pics to show you guys, but its annoying. No matter how much I brush it or put product in it, as soon as the brush is through the hair, it twists back up! It looks like I never brush her tail! anyone have a horse like this? Im really fed up!
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post #2 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 04:15 PM
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I would advise giving the horse a dock clip if you're up to it. My horse has a pretty thick tail but the hair on the sides of his dock are cut short so there is less to deal with. Also, you may want to cut the bottom of the tail shorter so it isn't dragging on the ground. If the tips drag on the ground they are likely to get muddy and tangled and gross really quickly. Cutting the tail shorter will also be safer because she won't be able to trip on it or anything. Finally, buy a good detangler (I use mane & tail) and spray it on the tail, then brush it in sections starting from the bottom. Hope this helped.
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post #3 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 05:15 PM
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My appy, Cheno's tail is like that. I call it ringlets. Actually it collects much less junk from the pasture when I leave it alone. I can only advise something that will make it slick to keep it from ringing back up. Dunno if it will work tho.

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post #4 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 05:20 PM
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You could also put her tail up like they do with show horses, and that would help prevent it from going all crazy, provided that it is taken down once in a while, washed, then put back up.
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post #5 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the input. Its not like her tail is dirty, its actually very clean. I just hate that it looks like I don't brush it lol. Im pretty sure even if I cut it or anything, it would still do the same thing. Its been this way since she was born, or atleast when her tail started to grow. Its like how some people have very curly hair....here are some pics to better see what im talking about.





Heres one in motion so you can see the "ropes"
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post #6 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 07:00 PM
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My horses tail is just like that only the ropes are much, much thicker. I comb it once a week. The ropes are easy to take out if you start at the bottom (and the tail looks super fluffy when it's done) but they re-form no matter what.
This is what Caleb's looks like after I comb it:


And after a long time without being combed:

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post #7 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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what a pretty horse! I have a love/hate relationship with greys though lol. In the standardbred race world they are usually "no good" so we avoid them, but theyre so pretty!!!!

Anyway, maybe I just need to try a different comb. Im scared to see how poofy her tail will be when im done!
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post #8 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 07:47 PM
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His tail looks fine. I like it.
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post #9 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 09:03 PM
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^^ same here. Nothing looks worng with it.....
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post #10 of 74 Old 08-15-2009, 09:21 PM
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Yep, Dobe's tail does that too. I think it has to do with the hair being flatter instead of round (at least that is how it works with people hair). I just leave Dobe's except for the occasional brushing.

John's mane is just like that too, it looks like he has little round dred-locks. He is too tall and untrained for me to really take the time to brush it all out but it hasn't ever really knotted up. His tail does it a little but nothing like his mane.

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