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post #1 of 6 Old 03-25-2012, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping tail looking nice

I just bought a cremello gelding who has the most beautiful long mane and tail. The seller kept them braided to keep them looking nice. I've attached a picture of him right after the seller dropped him off to show what he did (and because Garzo is just such a cute boy )

The mane I have no problem with- I know how to do a running braid, which doesn't quite look as nice as what the seller did, but I'm sure after a while I'll be a pro at it, too

What I really want to know about is the tail. I've never really attempted to braid a horse's tail, even for show, so I'm a bit clueless. I'd love to find out what other people who keep their horses' tails braided do (in as much detail as you'll share).

What kind of bands do you use (the seller used plain old rubber bands, which are a pain to get off, but certainly stay in place. I was thinking of using some of the thicker human hair bands I have around which won't snag, but might slip out too easily?)

How often do you undo/redo the braid?

Is there any possible negative consequences of keeping the mane & tail braided all the time? Can it be braided too tight?

What do you use for detangler? What kind of brush do you use?

Tail bags- do I need one? Pros/cons of using them?
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Most long tails are braided to keep them nice and are hand combed out. But making sure tails are dry when braided or in tail bags is crucial as the tail can rot. Not pretty.

Right now where Im not showing at all My horses tend to get into burs and funny thing is when I think I got all the bur plants gone my gang seems to find more UUUUGH hate those cucca buttons lmao.
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Don't braid over the tail bone. In other words... don't do what you did in the picture. Yes it can be braided too tight, and your horse can lose its tail. I know of someone who braided their horse's tail only a bit up on the bone and left it there for just two days. The horse developed a huge hematoma and had to have half of its tail removed. Also, Mudpie's tail was left braided at one point or another, and lost the end of his tail. His tail will never be long and full because of this.

Try a tail bag. First, wash the tail with shampoo and rinse well. Conditioner is optional, but using it will make the hair healthier and softer; just make sure you rinse well. Next, you can apply some sort of leave in conditioner. The Mane-n-Tail spray detangler is fantastic. Cowboy Magic detangler and shine is also great, but you only use a tiny bit, or it becomes greasy. At this point you carefully comb it out and wait for it to dry. It is of the utmost importance that you wait until it's completely dry before braiding it – the hair will actually mold! When it is dry and combed, braid it from just below the dock and down. Make sure you don't braid too tight! From there, you can put on the tail bag.



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Don't braid over the tail bone. In other words... don't do what you did in the picture.
That's actually how the seller delivered him I'll be sure to start below the tail bone!
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Most long tails are braided to keep them nice and are hand combed out. But making sure tails are dry when braided or in tail bags is crucial as the tail can rot. Not pretty.
Wow, good to know. I hadn't even thought of that being a problem!
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Yep, never braid at the tail bone. It's unsafe, let alone uncomfortable for your horse, after long periods of time.
If you're going to leave his tail braided, then it's safest to use a tail bag. Your braid can get snagged, and ripped, and what not, doing more harm then good.

The only products I use, and my go to products, are coconut oil, and the Eqyss Marigold spray. CO, I use about two times a week, mainly because I'm just lazy. On my lazy days, I'll spray some Marigold in it. Stay away from silicones (Show Sheen, Lazer Sheen, Cowboy Magic, etc). Basically, Eqyss is the only product line I trust. If they don't put the ingredients on the bottle, it's probably not healthy.

I just use a human paddle brush, or a wide tooth comb, very gently, so no hairs are broken off or pulled.

This video explains tail bagging nicely;

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