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        06-23-2010, 11:21 AM
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    How to get breakages smoothed out of tail?

    I've had my horse for 4 1/2 years now and he used to rub his tail pretty bad before I had him. He was half starved and wormy when I first met him. His tail still has those little wispy breakages at the top of it! He does not rub anymore either. What can I do to help it grow out more and smooth it down at the top? His tail is already pretty long. Has anyone that has used MTG consistently found that it helped out a lot? I've used it a few times here and there, but not enough for it to have any results.

    Maybe you can get an idea of what it looks like here. Don't have a better picture at the moment. I'm sitting at work and not around him. The breakages aren't that bad, I just wish they would go away!

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        06-23-2010, 04:00 PM
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    My horse has that too. I would be interested in hearing the responses.
         
        06-23-2010, 04:02 PM
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    My horse has that and I have been wondering too!
    Please help!
         
        06-23-2010, 09:20 PM
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    Haha, maybe it's just natural for horses to have the little hairs at the top?
         
        06-24-2010, 10:27 AM
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    Originally Posted by AngelWithoutWings54    
    Haha, maybe it's just natural for horses to have the little hairs at the top?
    That's what I'm wondering about my horse! I see lots of other horses whose tails are like this, then I see others that are completely smooth and all one length. I'm like how in the world do they keep their horses tails like that?! Haha.
         
        06-25-2010, 11:22 AM
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    Is he still rubbing or are you just wanting the hair to grow back from when he rubbed it off?

    If he's still rubbing and has been wormed and had his sheath cleaned, I would spray some Banixx on there once or twice a day and rub it in. My gelding rubs his tail for apparently no reason. He has been tested for worms and has never needed to have his sheath clean in the 3 years I've owned him. I have my vet check it every time he gets his teeth floated. Anyway, I tried MTG on him and found that although it was probably helping the hair grow, it didn't stop the itching so he kept rubbing and ruined all the new growth. The Banixx helped wonderfully.

    If he's not still actively rubbing, I would use the MTG. It works great, but make sure you hold it upside down and shake it until all the sediment in the bottom is mixed in. It won't work without it.

    Good luck : ]
         
        06-25-2010, 11:32 AM
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    Originally Posted by barrelracer892    
    That's what I'm wondering about my horse! I see lots of other horses whose tails are like this, then I see others that are completely smooth and all one length. I'm like how in the world do they keep their horses tails like that?! Haha.
    Sorry to double-post : ]

    Most horses have shorter hairs at the top. They're called "feathers." I'm guessing the horses you've seen who appear to have a tail that's all one length just have very straight hairs that flow together.
         
        06-25-2010, 11:41 AM
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    Double post as much as you like! I appreciate the tips and advice! He doesn't rub anymore, hasn't in about 5 years. My horse has those "feathers." I wish his would look like those horses that have very straight hairs that flow together. I'm wondering how I can get it that way, if I even can! He has a full tail, so maybe just use the MTG regularly to get the "feathers" to grow out?
         
        06-25-2010, 12:07 PM
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    Originally Posted by barrelracer892    
    Double post as much as you like! I appreciate the tips and advice! He doesn't rub anymore, hasn't in about 5 years. My horse has those "feathers." I wish his would look like those horses that have very straight hairs that flow together. I'm wondering how I can get it that way, if I even can! He has a full tail, so maybe just use the MTG regularly to get the "feathers" to grow out?
    I don't think you can grow out feathers. MTG might get the feathers to grow longer, but it will also grow new, shorter ones.

    Some people pull or shave the feathers. I don't know much about it, so you might want to post a new thread if you want to find out how to do it.


    I did find these, though:

    EVENTING NATION: The Sunday Jog-Up: Tips from a Groom

    Behind the Bit: The dressage tail: Techniques and tips
         
        06-25-2010, 12:11 PM
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    Thanks so much! I think I'd be a little afraid to pull or shave them. Knowing me, I would mess up. Haha. I think they're fine the way they are in that case!
         

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