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    12-01-2009, 05:30 PM
I bag my mare's tail for several reasons. She yanked out a big chunk a while back so it's currently cut short. I wash her tail really well once a week, let it dry while she eats or I groom her, then I put in MTG, braid it up, and bag it. In a week, I'll repeat the process. I probably keep it out of the bag for about a week every two months. It's mostly bagged because the grease from the MTG gets on her butt, and then dirt sticks to it, and she ends up with a nasty, grime-covered rear when it's supposed to be white.
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    12-01-2009, 05:34 PM
I don't think Id touch my horses tails unless they were really thin/ unhealthy. Its like having you hair in a pony tail or braid for weeks. Its likely to pull out hair, cause more damange and either dry it up (too much washing/ product) or make it too greasy (too much product, or even cause a build up of natural oils.)
    12-01-2009, 06:39 PM
Riccil0ve- Yea I don't always wash her tail before I braid and and wrap it, but I do when it really needs it. Her tail got chewed off by the previous owners horse that's why I'm wrapping it, I want it nice and long and flowy lol her mane is finally getting longer too.

Sillybunny- that's the reason why when you braid it you make it loose because like you said, it will break the hairs if you braid it tight. And I think I would rahter have a build up of oils than not enough, but I do see your point.
    12-01-2009, 06:48 PM
I will leave Flicka's bag on for as long as it looks like it will stay in; her braids and bag stay in for about 3 weeks. It definitely does help protect the hair ends, and since I've gotten her, her tail has grown probably 2-3 inches. The babies get their tails and manes braided, and theirs have grown considerably since I got here too. Plus, with the wind we get, it sure saves on how much brushing and detangling I have to do!
    12-01-2009, 06:55 PM
When I bag Soda's tail I leave it in for a couple of weeks, take it off, un-braid, finger comb, re-braid, and re-bag. His tail was bagged basically non-stop from December to May last year and the year before. He has a very thick and long tail. Almost too long, pulled a good bit out this summer backing up, I actually cut it quite a bit shorter because of that. Now it's just above his fetlocks.

I haven't bagged his tail yet this year, but it'll probably be soon (when the semesters done I imagine). This year it'll come out more often as I will be riding more this winter.
    12-02-2009, 06:41 PM
If your bag lasts longer than two weeks, more power to ya. Mine never last more than that. Typically I leave it in for 2 weeks or less, depending, and then I let it down for a week. Then I put it back up and repeat the process.
    12-02-2009, 07:16 PM
I put tail bags on my horses tails, I usully take it out when I ride which is normally every day or two. Then I put it up again when im done riding.
    12-02-2009, 09:31 PM
Why don't you use a bag that you don't have to braid in? Like this:

They can stay in for as long as you like because the tail is hanging naturally.
    12-02-2009, 09:43 PM
I'm not sure I'd want to use a bag like that, to be honest; their tails could certainly get all matted up in that thing; part of the reason I braid is to keep their tails from twisting up, which reduces how much brushing I had to do to keep them lovely looking.
    12-02-2009, 09:55 PM
^ fair enough - though i've never seen a tail get tangled in a bag like that. They are pretty much the only bags used by english riders and hackies over here - So they do work and do keep stunning tails.

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