Originally Posted by blue eyed pony
I wish there was a quick easy solution!! I have gone from THICK tailed crossbred (we think part welsh) to thin tailed TB whose tail is pathetic in comparison. Our neighbour has a horse, also TB, with a THICK tail that drags on the ground. I want to know their secret!
Could you walk over and ask?
Lol, anywho, I would say make absaloutly sure that your pony is not rubbing her tail on anything first. Check her bum, make sure it's clean, so that she isn't itchy. A rubby mare will never grow a good tail, because they grind their hairs to a halt.
Once you know this isn't the problem, then I would recommend massaging their docks every night, or every night that you can. It stimulates the hair growth, and many horses love it :) I only have one mare who really hates it, but she has a nice, thick, godgiven Arabian tail, so we don't worry about it much ;)
Also, DON'T brush it!! It is way too easy to pull out hairs!!
I tried doing the thing where you condition, leave it, braid it overnight, but honestly I'd steer clear of that. With my TB, it only made him really itchy, and rubbed more of his tail off. He isn't normaly a rubber, but he did that night.
You only need to give a horse a tail bag after they have really long, thick tails, and are white. If your horse has a dark (chestnut, brown, black, bay, etc.) tail you shouldn't need it at all. A tail bag only keeps a tail clean. If your horse's tail drags the ground, braid the bottom just so he doesn't step on it. But make sure you take it out for a little while every day, and massage his/her tail so that, again, pony doesn't get itchy.
Hope this helps :)