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post #11 of 18 Old 04-04-2013, 10:30 AM
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I guess I'm saying wear a rubber glove because I have memories of all the blisters I got from pulling eight manes and eight tails all in one day!!
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post #12 of 18 Old 04-04-2013, 10:36 AM
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I guess I'm saying wear a rubber glove because I have memories of all the blisters I got from pulling eight manes and eight tails all in one day!!
Not to high jack Cinnys thread but... can you fill me in on how to pull a tail? I've always been told to just clip it, but that HAS to get itchy so I never did. I would love to know how to pull a tail. I think it just finishes the look so well.
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Not to high jack Cinnys thread but... can you fill me in on how to pull a tail? I've always been told to just clip it, but that HAS to get itchy so I never did. I would love to know how to pull a tail. I think it just finishes the look so well.
Oh gee, you want a novel? Lol! Essentially you pull the hair out of the dock along the sides, and thin it on top down the middle of the dock. Gee it's hard to explain!! It's a process! The worst thing you can do is pull too much of the middle and top, the sides need to be nice and clean though. It's an eyeball thing! Keep plucking until it looks just right! You DO NEED gloves for tails, the hair is much tougher to pull and when it's those short ones you need gloves to get a hold of them! It pays to make them hot so the hair comes out easier before you do it!

Just to add, you want to be pulling the short hairs out, the ones that make the tail look fuzzy, you will be suprised how most of the hair on most docks is quite short around the sides!
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Oh gee, you want a novel? Lol! Essentially you pull the hair out of the dock along the sides, and thin it on top down the middle of the dock. Gee it's hard to explain!! It's a process! The worst thing you can do is pull too much of the middle and top, the sides need to be nice and clean though. It's an eyeball thing! Keep plucking until it looks just right! You DO NEED gloves for tails, the hair is much tougher to pull and when it's those short ones you need gloves to get a hold of them! It pays to make them hot so the hair comes out easier before you do it!
I think I got it... I will get gloves and give it a shot this weekend. Hopefully I don't kill her poor tail. Thanks!

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I don't mind the inquiry of the tail at all. I "attempted" a tail pull last fall after watching a video on Youtube by a top dressage person who explained "ho to," and poor Cinny is still trying to grow out my mistakes. I have decided from now on to just pull the sides and the "fuzz" at the top and leave the rest alone.

For this Saturday's show he will have a lot of "goop" in the top of his tail and have his tail in a loose neoprene tail wrap between classes to try to keep his tail looking ok. It is a very sad and embarrassing site!

IF it's your first time, my advice is to GO SLOW and keep looking at it. You don't want to make my mistake, it really sucks.
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sorry for another hijack - why would you pull a tail? Doesn't EVERYONE want a long, thick tail?
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sorry for another hijack - why would you pull a tail? Doesn't EVERYONE want a long, thick tail?
You pull it at the top to tidy it up. Like so:



It is more popular with dressage and sport horses.

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ah I see, thanks. Might have to try that with River, the top of her tail is a fuzzball.
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