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post #11 of 19 Old 03-26-2012, 09:30 AM
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I was taught to always pick a tail also. I grew up showing Morgan's and you never wanted their tails to thin and break so that's why. Now it's just a habit although my mare now has so much tail it wouldn't matter if I brushed it, she wouldn't miss any of it! Ha :) I can't post a pic from my phone but I'll post one when I get on my computer tomorrow. She has a beautiful tail! It very long and full/think all the way to the bottom.
Here is a picture of my mares tail, that had never been touched by a brush! :) 419746_10150728727724739_512029738_11267529_835636225_n.jpg

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NICE tail :) I actually trim Leia's tail at the bottom, or it'd touch the ground too xD

And I just use my fingers! and at shows a little hairspray + show sheen

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I have tried doing that with Casey.. BUT its nearly impossible. I worked on her tail for an hour and I barely got done with a handful of hair. And my hands were in pain! EVERY day when I groom her she has little miny dreadlocks in her hair, and when you separate them with your hands they just cling back together. What I do is use nice detangler and so I can just run my hand/comb through her tail and its detangled, which I do about 2 times a month.

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I mainly brush. There's a technique, to do it safely without breaking hairs, along with a good routine of products that strengthen the hair.

When I have the time to do it though, I love picking tails. They look so full and nice afterwards. It just takes forever. I guess if you do it all the time, you get good at it though.

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post #16 of 19 Old 03-26-2012, 05:34 PM
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Just picked my mare's tail. Took about 40 minutes.
I have a natural bristle brush. For people hair.
Would it be okay to use this after getting all the knots out to redistribute natrual oils?

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Honestly, I'd almost prefer it if my walker's tail thinned out a little. It's crazy thick, and dreaded so terribly his bum looks like a rastafarian.
Last weekend while grooming, I put some cowboy magic detangler on my hands and gently worked it into his tail. That stuff really IS magic... no picking needed if you apply it. Brush goes right through after. Then wash it out with shampoo, and condition with coconut oil.

If I picked it by hand... Gawd, I'd be standing there for hours. x.x

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post #18 of 19 Old 03-27-2012, 04:51 PM
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I brush my horse's tail out once and then I stick it in a braidable tail-bag. Those things are amazing. They keep the tail safe and when you take it out, the hair is still nice and brushed for you.
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post #19 of 19 Old 03-29-2012, 06:59 PM
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I grew up with Saddlebreds and worked them many years, and I too fingerpick.

No tools, just taking tail and picking through it with fingers, and also if you hold dock out to side, and let hairs fall as you pick, and shake periodically, it will make for a fuller looking tail.

If showing, bobbling tail and then bagging in sheet will keep it clean and fluffy.

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