Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I always have the same problem with the three section tail bag coming off. I think the key to keeping those on is really securing the braided bag at the bottom. I have seen some with the bottom knotted. Or, maybe try using a human hair tie at the bottom and putting it on really tight. Be careful to remove the tail bag and groom the tail often if you use it. One summer, when things were really busy, I left one on for a couple of weeks and when I took it off, the braid sections were matted and knotted!!
The way that I usually keep my horse's tail to help it get longer (it doesn't need help getting thicker), is in a co-ban or vet wrap bandage. What you do, is brush the tail out really well and then braid it in a regular braid. Start below the tail bone with the braid. Rubber band the braid to secure it. You then pull the bottom of the braid through where you started the braid 1-3 times depending on the length of the tail. Doing this will create a 6-10 inch wrappable bundle. You then take a roll of Co-ban/Vet-wrap, etc. and wrap the bundle thoroughly. You start the wrap by securing it - pull some of the wrap through two sections at the top of your braid (probably where you pulled the bottom of the braid through). You then wrap around the braid bundle and the start of your wrap (this secures the wrap in place), until all of the bundle is well covered and protected.
I remove this wrap every couple of weeks and groom the tail, and then immediately wrap it again (removing for shows and other events). For best results, actually wash and condition the tail in between wraps. I don't do this in the winter, but I know people who have done it in the winter and just used a blow dryer to get the hair dry in order to re-wrap.
I will try to post a picture of the wrap when I get home tonight.