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    03-12-2009, 09:22 PM
Shaved Dock?

Has anyone ever heard of the horse's dock being shaved? My horse Drake's was shaved completely just at the top of his tail. It looked very weird. Owner said it was a hunter thing, but he was never taken to shows. I know that he doesn't rub his butt on anything, so I just don't know... hm. Just wondering if anyone has heard of that! Its growing out nicely, and you can hardly tell. After a year! I'm just really curious. Neither of my barn owners or my trainer knew either....

Just wondering?
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    03-12-2009, 09:26 PM
I have seen shaved docks and I think they are ugly lol. On some horses (like shires or anydrafts) they look good but....
    03-12-2009, 09:28 PM
Thats what I think, too! He's a thoroughbred... go figure?

When I saw it all I could say was "oh..."
    03-12-2009, 09:35 PM
Its done ALL the time over here. Its another alternative to braiding ther tails for shows, and a part of presentation. In my opinion its kinder than braiding, as barids get all tight and itchy! If done correctly, it can look really good. Here is an example:

The only problem is they look like a bottle brush when you let them grow out, lol!
    03-12-2009, 09:40 PM
That looks pretty good. But I think when people shave their horses dock it takes away some of the beauty.
    03-12-2009, 09:44 PM
That doesn't look bad! I think its because that is a smaller horse and maybe has a smaller dock? Not sure, but it looked NOTHING like that. It creeped me out. Lol
    03-12-2009, 10:13 PM
It may have been in the awkward stages of growing out... Or doen for a different reason. But that's why people do it over here.

I'm actually considering doing my ASH's tail... He has the most beautiful thick tail, but the top is all short and scraggly and sticky-outy. But not quite game, lol.
    03-13-2009, 12:04 AM
Plz don't do it on wildey Wild_spot....I wont him to have a tail 4 camp lol
    03-13-2009, 12:05 AM
*want* Opps
    03-13-2009, 12:10 AM
I think it is a good idea for horses that have cruppers used on them just to keep the hair from being caught and pulled out. We always do it on our mule teams but we don't use cruppers, it is more of a custom and fashion thing. I don't know about yours.

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