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....
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!
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.