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post #11 of 26 Old 01-18-2012, 04:34 PM
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Northern, I have considered it. Today is it -47 celcius with the wind, and there is no need for swishing pesky bugs, she is blanketed and quite content to hang out at the hay bale. In the summer I put a fly sheet on her to compensate for her tail being in a bag although she is still able to swish it and get flies off if need be. Nothing stops her from expressing herself with a tail bag on, she swishes that thing at will.

I have noticed absolutely no negative affects from braiding or bagging her tail.
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post #12 of 26 Old 01-18-2012, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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I know that right now to ride she has to be braided if you're going to ask her to back. If she gets really under herself while backing, she'll be ripping it out by stepping on it.
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post #13 of 26 Old 01-19-2012, 11:36 AM
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I go to an equine college...we braid and bag 95%of our horses tails. Every two weeks we wash and condition the tails. As long as you leave the shorter pieces of the tail, the pieces that lay about the length of the tail bone or a little longer, out of the braid and bag, the tail will be fine and they will still have some tail to swish around. But since it is winter now, the bugs should start to die off
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post #14 of 26 Old 01-19-2012, 11:43 AM
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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?
I would leave it alone as much as possible, when you do brush it add some detangler with your hands throughout the tail then start from the ends to get the tangles out. Be gentle, you dont want to hear many snapping sounds. Then work your way up little by little. I would also suggest doing it in sections if the tail is super thick. I use the oster tail brush and i really like it alot!
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post #15 of 26 Old 01-19-2012, 12:05 PM
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Northern, mine has his tail vet wrapped 24/7. It comes down maybe once every 4-5 months, unless I see a reason for it come down sooner - I.e. show, tail grew too long, etc. in the summer, he gets twine added in and I trim the twine to different lengths and half untwist each strand. It looks like a regular tail when he is in the field. He has never had a problem with swatting flies or using his tail to whack me in the head while I'm picking his feet. His tail drags the ground ~6" and is very healthy.
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post #16 of 26 Old 01-27-2012, 06:16 PM
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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?
All the people I know that want to keep their horses' tails nice &pretty use tail bags. &Alot of conditioner. Your daughter's a lucky girl to be getting what sounds like such a gorgeous horse.
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post #17 of 26 Old 01-27-2012, 06:24 PM
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We would love to see pictures of the mare. :)

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We would love to see pictures of the mare. :)
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this is the type of tailbag I used on my show horse. He always had an amazing tail. I kept it in the bag 24/7. The braiding will stimulate the hair growth, however when it is braided inside the tubes, the hairs never touch during the braiding process, so you do not have to deal with breakage. Lots of conditioner is always a must as well. These tailbags are also super easy to make. All you need is some fleece and some zelcro and a basic sewing machine.
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post #20 of 26 Old 01-31-2012, 01:54 PM
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I keep Walter's tail loosely braided, and rebraid it 2x weekly. I also will add Cowboy Magic Detangler in sometimes.
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