Originally Posted by Ridehorses99
They are really pretty easy to do, as long as you know how to braid. I buy the three tube braids. Tie the top of the sack just below the tail bone. Stick your hand up one of the tubes from the bottom to the top (there's a hole in the top). Separate your horse's tail into 3 sections. Grab 1 of the sections with the hand that is through the tube and pull the hairs through the tube. Repeat this for the other 2 tubes. You will now have 3 tubes - each filled with 1/3 of your horse's tail hair. Braid the three tubes and tie the tubes at the bottom. I then go back and re-tie the top just to make sure it's secure. About every 3 weeks, I take the braid out, wash and condition his tail, let it dry, then rebraid. The tubes protect the hair and keep them from breaking off.
I do this too, my horse's tail grew over the winter approx 2 inches. I leave it in almost permanently. Works great for horses with a short tail during fly season too to help with flies, a great extention! I take it out, brush it, recondition it (heavily) and rebraid it, put it back in the tubes. I wash it and condition it about every two weeks or less. He's got a gorgeous tail now!! The tubes/tail bag really help protect the tail from the elements and breaking off. I will never go without one! I just use basic stuff, mane and tail shampoo/conditioner..nothing fancy and it works great. I use the conditioner everytime I put a comb through his tail to avoid breakage. The bags or tubes are easy to make as well, I make my own.