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post #1 of 18 Old 07-21-2012, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Talking How do I make his tail thick?

I have a young throughbred with a thinner black tail, I would love it to be thicker, but need some help getting it there. Thank you!

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-21-2012, 06:01 PM
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IMO the best way to grow out a tail is to let it be. Don't brush it, don't wash it, nothing. Then when you go to a show you'd need to untangle it by hand to avoid tearing out knots of hair.
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-02-2012, 01:12 AM
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Try puting conditioner in it then braiding it. It works on my QH mane... Good luck hope it helps!!! :)
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I have heard putting olive oil in their mane and tail makes it grow out fast.

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post #5 of 18 Old 08-02-2012, 01:16 AM
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Also, some horses naturally just don't have thick tails.
but leave it alone, no brushing.
My guys tail drags the ground and is way thick. And wavey
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post #6 of 18 Old 08-05-2012, 02:00 AM
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You may have to look into a fake tail if its too thin, but leaving it braided the night before with lots of conditioner seems to give some effect to have a fuller look to the tail

has anyone had luck with shapleys MTG? i use it for rain rot and other skin problems it smells to high heaven but never tried it for tail and mane growth
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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!

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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony View Post
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.

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It's called genetics. Some horses (humans as well) are genetically programmed to have more hair follicles than others. While you can minimize hair damage and encourage new growth, you can't make hair follicles appear where they did not exist before. Just protect his tail from breakage, rubbing, etc. If you would like a full, long tail for showing, you can use an extension tail, very common.
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post #10 of 18 Old 08-05-2012, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks View Post
I have heard putting olive oil in their mane and tail makes it grow out fast.
Olive oil is really good for making it shine and brush out really nicely.. I would do this and then braid it, but if you notice the horse trying to itch because of the braid then I would do what someone else said and just leave it.

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