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?