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post #1 of 6 Old 05-28-2013, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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I am heartbroken

For the last 2 and a half years I have been slaving over my mares tail trying to get it to grow long. It's always just been sitting past the hocks, but my efforts finally paid off and it reached ground length, then it surpassed it untill I had to cut if for our first upcoming show of the season next weekend. When it was all levelled out it really looked like it could have been a fake tail!! I was getting so excited for the show! Until this afternoon, I came home from work to find my mare beautiful tail had been sheared off just below the point where the bone and skin ends. I don't have the slightest idea what to do. The poor girl is wearing a fly sheet and we are applying fly spray every10-12 hours but the Mosquitos are just ridiculous!! We tried making her a vetwrap and twine tail to swat the bugs but she just tucks her tail between her legs when she's wearing it. If anyone has any suggestions on what to do with it that would be amazing!! Also if anyone has any suggestions about what to do about the show (it's western pleasure, equitation, and trail) I would sure appreciate it! I am just so devastated that someone would do something like that after all my hard work! I don't even know if I want to show her this summer anymore after this...
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-28-2013, 12:07 AM
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Can you get her a wrap around tail extension?

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-28-2013, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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I have never tried them before. It might work, but all the ones I've seen the horses still had some tail of their own to blend in, my mare literally looks like she is ready to go in a draft competition. It is barely a foot and not even half an inch past the end of the coccygeal vertebrae. Do you think it would be difficult to blend in in that situation?
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-28-2013, 12:30 AM
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I have never tried them before. It might work, but all the ones I've seen the horses still had some tail of their own to blend in, my mare literally looks like she is ready to go in a draft competition. It is barely a foot and not even half an inch past the end of the coccygeal vertebrae. Do you think it would be difficult to blend in in that situation?
OOH, not sure. The good news about these is that they do wrap around the tail bone but braid in also, so I was thinking it MIGHT work. I'd call the company before I ordered and ask their opinion for sure. Main thing to beware of is, don't get it wrapped too tightly around the tail bone or you could kill the whole tail. Is it legal to use a bonding glue like they do on human extensions?

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-28-2013, 09:36 AM
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Put her in during the day and feed her. Make it as dark as possible. If it's just a run in shelter hang an old rug or tarpaulin over the doorway. If a barn, cover the windows. BTW Post notices or call some of the clubs that tail thieves are in the area. Without the horse slaughter there's little supply for false tails. Unfortunately your's was one of the victims.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-03-2013, 12:22 PM
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Is she out with other horses, especially young ones? They are notorious for tail chewing and the first time I had a tail missing I thought the same thing. It's amazing how even they get it.

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If you look at the other sorrel paint you'll notice the tail bandit had already gotten his.
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