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    12-30-2012, 08:55 PM
  #11
Weanling
I braid my pony's tail, roll it up, and vet wrap it. Works like a charm =]
Just make sure that you start your braid about a fist below the tail bone, and keep it wrapped a fist's length below the tail bone as well. If it's wrapped too close to the tail bone, it can kill the tail.
     
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    12-30-2012, 09:15 PM
  #12
Green Broke
A lady I know used to use old pillow cases to use as tail bags. I don't know how she did it, She sewed and copied a tail bag. This way if tehy got destroyed or came off she was not out a lot of money. She and her hubby trained and showed horses so there was a lot of tail wrapping.
     
    01-01-2013, 02:24 PM
  #13
Foal
Are you trying to grow their tails out or just keep them clean?
Either way, I found that tail bags don't last to long with nosy herd partners on turnout;) However, one thing that worked for me was to braid the tail (after I used MTG on the dock and rubbed baby oil throughout the tail hairs) and then fold it up like you were going to vet wrap it. Then I slipped a sock over it (I used an old soccer sock) and ran braiding yarn through both the sock and the braid several times to keep the sock in place. Then, I ran a few times around the little "bundle" with electrical tape, and that thing didn't move an inch! Just make sure you braid loose near the dock, and don't bag it if it's wet! I would keep them on for about a week, and then take them out before a workout, apply more MTG (stuff works WONDERS...) and baby oil (kept it soft and stopped it from breaking), ride, and then when we were done her tail was dry so I'd bag it up again and hit the road!:) Using the socks were nice because it was very cheap and easy, and kept the tail as clean and tangle free as when I had put it up, although I did get a few weird looks from nosy barn mates;)

Good luck with the burs though, those things are sooooo annoying, especially on polo wraps!!;)

EDIT: I don't pull the sock over the dock, I stop a good three or four inches away from it, as does my braid!!
     
    01-01-2013, 07:03 PM
  #14
Yearling
Thanks for all the great replies guys! I havent done anything as of yet. Just juggling ideas around.
JustImagine- that's the way Shaggy tail got wrapped before and I def know to stay clear of them tail bone!

Stevenson- I love the pillow case idea because I know to sew!

Madeline97- I just want to cut down on the burrs and if they happen to grow will that would be awesome! I might try that sock idea!
     
    01-03-2013, 10:54 AM
  #15
Banned
I know what you mean about alot of burrs and stuff but the horses tail is their fly swatter, I would suggest not to because burrs and other stuff in theirtail is alot better then them having fly bites all over them!

hope its helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
    01-13-2013, 12:47 PM
  #16
Foal
Be careful with vet wrap. If it gets to hot outside it will melt into the tail
     
    01-14-2013, 12:37 AM
  #17
Foal
I use tube socks if I'm not putting up for a show. I buy a pack of them for 5 bucks, its usually 12 single socks or if I'm lucky find a bonus pack, and compared to a lycra tail sock, these are considerably less expensive. I cut the top of the sock (the part that has vertical lines in it) into 4 even pieces down to where the lines meet the "foot" area. Then proceed to wrap the braided tail just like with a lycra tail sock, tied below the tailbone, with 2 ties through the braided tail and tied around. Then I take sock off at least once a week to pick and recondition or wash as needed. I like to use the Extreme products detangler or cowboy magic.

I will also let the tail down for a few days here and there if the weather is nice or everything is frozen good.
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    01-14-2013, 03:01 PM
  #18
Foal
Its a wrap makes good braided tail bags. I like tail bags better then using vet wrap any day
     
    01-15-2013, 11:02 PM
  #19
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by badger101    
I know what you mean about alot of burrs and stuff but the horses tail is their fly swatter, I would suggest not to because burrs and other stuff in theirtail is alot better then them having fly bites all over them!

hope its helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks and Yeah I always leave enough of the tail down so they con swatt bugs
     
    01-15-2013, 11:03 PM
  #20
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by phoenmoon    
Be careful with vet wrap. If it gets to hot outside it will melt into the tail
Eww that doesnt good! Good thing its freezing here! Lol
     

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