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post #21 of 26 Old 01-31-2012, 09:57 PM
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With a tail that's already beautiful and thick, what I would probably do, would be just let it hang flowing (I'm not really a big fan of tail bags used for any period of time), and every time he's ridden or whenever, use some coconut oil as a conditioner/detangler, brush it out carefully, bottom to top, and that'd be it.
I don't believe in never brushing the tail, as long as you do it properly. Only brush when it's conditioned, and allows a brush to glide through easily, and brush slowly, bottom to top, so there's zero hair pulled/broken.
Keeping it hydrated and conditioned is a must, since you don't want any breakage.

I've always kept right at the fetlock, or a little bit below, a safe length for tails.
Trimming a tiny bit right before a show, keeps the ugly ends off, and really gives a cleaner look.

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post #22 of 26 Old 02-12-2012, 05:58 PM
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The best thing to do honestly is leave it alone. A tail bag usually rubs the tail out anyways. My horse has a long, to the ground tail and usually I just wash and condition it before competition and it looks gorgeous.
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That lime green heavy braid looks so comfy - NOT!
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post #24 of 26 Old 02-17-2012, 07:56 PM
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That lime green heavy braid looks so comfy - NOT!
Your so right Northern... because I mean most horses just cant support the weight of their own tail! jeese what were they thinking? and all that material... that horse should just be dragging a boulder around... I mean its the same thing right?
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post #25 of 26 Old 02-17-2012, 08:28 PM
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What I used to do when it actually mattered to me was starting w/ a clean tail. Braid it all the way down. *** but make sure you start the braid about 2 inches from the tip of the tail bone, & start the braid loosely. This is SUPER important since they can actually loose part of the bone if braided to tight & left up. Then I would take the end off the tail & feed it thru the beginning of the braid, basically looping it around itself. The loop was usually about 12". That I wrapped just the braids with vet wrap, so it looks like a cocoon. But I can't stress enough to keep all of this a minimum of 2" from the end of the bone. I'd take it out about once a month & pick thru it with my fingers. I'd get a tongue lashing from my trainer if I used a comb or brush, LOL. Since the ends stayed out of the elements which weakens them, it stayed clean, and it stayed out of the way.

But now that tails aren't as big of a deal, I just do one long braid to keep the ice off
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post #26 of 26 Old 02-17-2012, 08:45 PM
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You can use tube socks for cheap tailbags.

I cut the top of the sock so it has two little tails for tying. Wash, condition, dry the tail, braid then place the tail in the sock and run the little tie tail through the braid at the bottom of the tail bone and tie. It it gets nasty you can either throw them away or wash them and reuse. If your horse is pastured and needs his tail to swat then you can attach twine to the bottom for a "swisher".

I have used these as well...
Tail Knots Step-By-Step

How to Do a Mud Knot
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