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  • Should i pull or shave my horses tail
  • How do i shave a show tail

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    08-04-2012, 06:31 PM
  #1
Weanling
Shave top part of tail

My horse has rubbed the top of her tail and it looks all fuzzy and is too short(just the top part) to braid for the show. Would it be okay to shave part of it? I've heard people have done it before.
     
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    08-05-2012, 12:38 AM
  #2
Trained
Yes of course. Sometimes a shaved neat tail looks better in the showring than a plaited one. The only thing that I would consider is if the horse is a native breed and your showing in the moutain and moorland class then I wouldn't clip it as judges would like to see the horse natural :)
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    08-07-2012, 01:27 AM
  #3
Foal
Can you go to a hair dresser supply store and get same color hair extensions? Just kidding, I couldn't resist!!! Sorry! I joke because lily also rubs so the top of her tail looks like a bad toupe! Lily isn't shown so it really doesn't matter but it sure looks yukky on her. I bought nice scratching mats and put them on the wall, rounded edges to there wouldn't be any hair damage. Has she ever used them.........NOPE. She finds a corner post and backs into it, won't be long before it has no edge and she'll have to find something else and I doubt that something else would be the mats I bought!!!!
     
    08-07-2012, 02:10 AM
  #4
Super Moderator
I see you are in Europe (I think). So, I don't need to get into the old Hunters and tradition thing.

While I have shaved the SIDES of the dock, I try not to touch the top of the dock. And, I much prefer pulling than shaving, personally.



     
    08-07-2012, 02:53 AM
  #5
Weanling
I'm back in Canada for the summer but yeah I'm european Thanks for the tip Allison!
     
    08-07-2012, 06:29 AM
  #6
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Originally Posted by SugarPlumLove    
My horse has rubbed the top of her tail and it looks all fuzzy and is too short(just the top part) to braid for the show. Would it be okay to shave part of it? I've heard people have done it before.
i used to have the same problem with my old mare. She would rub and rub and rub, trying to get the top of her tail braided was a NIGHTMARE! Then a lady at one of the shows I went to told us about shaving and ever since then she had a lovely tidy, shaved tail. However ,if not done properly, it can look awful so make sure you don't take too much off :)
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    08-07-2012, 08:01 AM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
I see you are in Europe (I think). So, I don't need to get into the old Hunters and tradition thing.

While I have shaved the SIDES of the dock, I try not to touch the top of the dock. And, I much prefer pulling than shaving, personally.

How to pull a horse's tail - YouTube


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I completely agree, pulling is much neater - I pull my horse's tail. You can cheat and use a thinning knife which my sister does, as it doesn't hurt your hands as much but gives a nicer, neater finish than clipping.
     
    08-07-2012, 10:29 AM
  #8
Trained
I've seen the shaved tail pretty often among eventers.
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    08-07-2012, 12:24 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Can He Star    
i used to have the same problem with my old mare. She would rub and rub and rub, trying to get the top of her tail braided was a NIGHTMARE! Then a lady at one of the shows I went to told us about shaving and ever since then she had a lovely tidy, shaved tail. However ,if not done properly, it can look awful so make sure you don't take too much off :)

Do you have any pictures?
     
    08-07-2012, 08:56 PM
  #10
Started
I will try and find some for you :)

I'm not sure if I'm going to shave my new boys tail yet.... he has a nice tail, but braiding takes FOREVER! I'm rushed enough as it is on show days and the shaving is much easier to maintain :P
     

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