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    01-17-2012, 11:55 AM
  #1
Weanling
How do I protect/maintain an amazing tail?

The horse we're looking at for my daughter has an incredible, thick, drag the ground long, tail. Since she will be used for 4-H shows, we want to keep this as nice as we can. What tips do you have for maintaining this tail? Braid, tail bag? I don't have one of the 3 strand sock things, but if that's best to keep the tail in good shape, I'll go get one.

The main is long and silky, but not thick, which I'm okay with, but the tail is so stunning I don't want to ruin it.

Also, why might an owner put a sleezy on round the clock? When we looked at her she had the full thing on under her blankets. I was just wondering why someone would do that. I personally have no interest in doing that except before shows, but why?
     
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    01-18-2012, 07:52 AM
  #2
Foal
Sounds very much like sunny, he has a lovely soft mane, but its not thick, his tail on the other hand is thick, shiny, soft and long...I have to trim it (to his ankles) every 3 months or so to stop him tripping on it. Other than that, I really don't do much, I put mane and tail on it every few days and brush it with a paddle brush. No combs!
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    01-18-2012, 08:26 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by DancingWithSunny    
Sounds very much like sunny, he has a lovely soft mane, but its not thick, his tail on the other hand is thick, shiny, soft and long...I have to trim it (to his ankles) every 3 months or so to stop him tripping on it. Other than that, I really don't do much, I put mane and tail on it every few days and brush it with a paddle brush. No combs!
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Thanks. I've heard of some people braiding it round the clock. It makes me sad to think of cutting it, but I'm sure the ends will be disgusting if we don't.
     
    01-18-2012, 09:59 AM
  #4
Weanling
My mare has a ground dragging tail and super long mane as well (although it's thick)...white also lol

The best thing for the mane is to leave it alone honestly. If you have a blanket on them and it rubs I just braid the part of the mane that is getting under the blanket and tape it with electrical tape (cheapest most effective way for a braid to stay in is tape the end of the braid over the band).

As for the tail, I have a tail bag, it is a bag with 4 tassles hanging off the top of it -2 on either side. I braid my mares tail in a french braid from the top (it prevents tangling) and tie the tail bag in just below the tail bone. I usually take this out about once a month (give or take) and re-do it, i'll spray some leave in conditioner in sometimes or if I do have knots i'll use some mane 'n' tail detangler to get them out. Brushing it alot is ineffective because it pulls a lot of hair out each time.

Below is how my mares tail looks with the care I give it. Although often times not as clean :p

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    01-18-2012, 10:11 AM
  #5
mls
Trained
Two of my QH horses have thick tails that as of last night I noticed are dragging on the ground. My geldings actually curls up a bit where it touches the ground.

Honestly - I brush them out fully a couple of times a year. In the spring and fall when it's mucky, I might braid them and tie them up so I don't have mud balls to remove before riding.

My husband has a mare with a long, thick WHITE tail. That one does get washed weekly in the summer. She hates tail bags so in the winter, I just try to wash on a 30 degree + day.
     
    01-18-2012, 12:01 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I feel like I abuse Dusty's tail after reading this...

My 3 year old has a HUGE flowy tail...I wash it every day for a week before a show, and only for shows I brush it out. Other than that, his tail is his tail and it's attached to his bum bum. He seems to take good care of it on his own. NORMALLY.
     
    01-18-2012, 12:12 PM
  #7
Weanling
Lol MAngo I understand but your tail is probably one of the healthier ones just because it is left alone!

The only reason I braid my mares tail up is because in TWH the longer the better and if I leave it to drag on the ground it breaks the ends off at ground level. If I didn't want to grow it out longer than that I would just leave it at it is all the time.

I don't wash it except for right before a show just once lol I use the concentrate shampoo 'White n Brite' and rub that on without diluting it and it comes out squeaky clean and really white. Best shampoo for light coloured horses I have come across! Grass stains come right out!
     
    01-18-2012, 02:26 PM
  #8
Yearling
If your tail was Michael Jackson it would sing constantly, "JUST LEAVE ME ALOOONE!"

Just keep an eye on the tail, go through it with your fingers every other day to eliminate the risk of matting, DO NOT BRUSH IT. EVER - except for a show. Especially do not brush it when it's wet! Go ahead and wash it and condition it once a week this summer, but do.. not.. brush it... while.. it's wet.

Definitely don't braid. Breakage, it doesn't matter what you do. That's why so many main ring arabians have long tails, but they are also incredibly thin.
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    01-18-2012, 02:30 PM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by Fowl Play    
Thanks. I've heard of some people braiding it round the clock. It makes me sad to think of cutting it, but I'm sure the ends will be disgusting if we don't.
Trimming helps keep split ends away and keeps it looking tidy. Plus you could make really cool hair bracelets with it! :)
     
    01-18-2012, 03:23 PM
  #10
Started
Bagging & braiding are pet peeves of mine: a horse needs his tail loose for swishing without hitting himself, to express himself, to swish off flies/insects, & to swish on another horse's face, should he be fortunate enough to have another horse to engage in mutual grooming with.

I really wish people'd consider all that.
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