04-09-2009, 08:10 PM
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Around where I live, tail extensions are the new trend, no matter what breed or class. The stock breeds, especially. I hate it. Fake tails are obvious and just look horrendous. Why can't people just be happy with what their horse already has? Is your horse not good enough for you the way he is?
The last open halter show I went to, almost every horse there had extensions. It was awful. You could even see where it was tied in on some of them. And it just hung there. It didn't move with the rest of the tail. The horses didn't like it, either. They were curling their tails up and just looked pissed. The way I see it, if your horse is a real stunner, is perfectly groomed, and struts into that ring looking like a million bucks, he doesn't need fake accessories to catch the judge's eye. You have to have that show-off mentality, too. Attitude alone can win it for you.
Ending my little rant there. ;D Natural > fake tails.
Also, they band the mane short in stock breeds and sport-type horses because a short mane brings out their neck. It all depends on the breed standard.