Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Jazzyrider, The tail wrap, pictured in my above post is very easy to do, and pretty low maintanance. It can stay up for two weeks, and then is supposed to be taken out, brushed out, conditioned, and redone. I have left if for much longer with no ill effects. It is really pretty simple: you braid the tail below the bone, fold the braid through itself 1-3 times depending on length, and then wrap it up to protect the hairs.
I have found this method to work really well. The first winter that I did it, my horse's tail when from fetlock length to dragging on the ground.
It works because the braid strands are protected and don't get tangled and snap off. Also, the tail being wrapped, or put into a tail bag keep them from getting stepped on or ripped of on various objects. It is also nice, because you don't have to constantly brush out the tangles in the tail - it stays clean and tidy. When you unwrap it every couple of weeks, the hair is soft, smooth, and tangle free just like when you put it in.
Appy lover, is the Santa Fe conditioner a spray in? I just use the Show Sheen polish & conditioner spray, but would be interested in hearing about others. :)