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post #1 of 6 Old 06-03-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Pasture Horse with Stringy tail

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Murray is a pasture horse at his new barn. His tail is becoming stringy due to burrs and such. I now use Cowboy Magic on his tail to help with the burrs, but how can I make his tail full? I was thinking braiding and wrapping it but I think that is a bad idea for him since he is outdoors 24/7. Thanks everyone.

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-07-2010, 01:19 AM
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I braid and bag my mare's tail and she is out in pasture 24/7...easiest way to keep burrs and what not out of it. I just take it out weekly, wash, condition, rebraid and bag...etc.

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How do they swat flies with a tail bag on? Just wondering, seems like it would take away a necessary defense...

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Yeah, I typically prefer to let my horses have their tails for the purpose that god gave them their tails -- to swat flies! They don't have tails so that we can bag them up just so they look pretty later. If you're going to bag your horse's tail you'll need to take additional action to help him fend off flies... as in dousing him with fly spray and possibly putting a fly sheet on him.

Not to mention, if you brush and wash too often or braid too tightly you'll only end up pulling out or breaking more hair. My philosophy: keep it to a minimum. Condition his tail thoroughly and brush it out maybe once a week, but otherwise just let it do its growing on its own.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-07-2010, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by apachiedragon View Post
How do they swat flies with a tail bag on? Just wondering, seems like it would take away a necessary defense...
I only have the bag on the hair below the tail bone, and it's a long one, so they are still able to swat.

If I don't bag, the tail here gets full of tumble weed and pulls on the tail as a whole...I would rather bag than to have the horse swatting himself with prickly tumble weed, and wrapping the tail up further in a knot.

I will also do a triple braid; french braid on the top part of the tail, and two more regular braids on the remaining hair. That style I will leave the braids 'loose', with no bag. They do get weed stuck it still, but it's pretty easily taken out, unless the braid loosens, then it's a pain.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-07-2010, 04:24 PM
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All winter I kept Lacey's tail braided and conditioned and now it's SO pretty! I tried putting a tail bag on her but she kept getting out of it (probably if I had had a braid in one, that would have been different) so I gave up on the bag. I always took about 4 inches of tail from around her tailbone, loosely french-braided that and then just turned that into a tighter normal braid once her tailbone stopped. I would take it out and douse it in Cowboy Magic detangler once a week and I would wash it about once a month. I never had an issue with hair breaking, but she does have very strong hair. Another thing I made sure to do was to trim the very tips of her tail at least once a month. I figured maybe horses are like humans in that your hair grows faster the more often it's trimmed. It seemed to work, or something, because her tail is about 4 inches longer, at least, than it was last summer.

I never had any issues with burrs or anything but around here, we don't really have burrs.

I let it out for the summer though because I figure she needs it to swat flies. My plan is to do the same thing with it next winter, maybe her tail will actually reach her fetlocks by next spring! haha

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