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    12-12-2012, 01:24 PM
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Stepping on Tail

My mare has one gorgeous tail - if I do say so myself xD It's probably one of the biggest reasons I still drool over her, even on her naughty days ;)
I don't show or compete and love to see her tail, so I don't want to wrap it all up in hiding.
But lately she's begun stepping on it, I'll find a chunk dangling down below all the others that'll slide right out. I think it happens when she backs up fast.
Should I just cut it an inch or two shorter? I hate to do that ;-;
Or should I put it in braids? Will braids make it more likely she'll rip it out if she rubs her bum or something? What are some other things I can do besides bagging it?

Her beautiful bum:


     
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    12-12-2012, 01:30 PM
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Casper has a thick, long tail, and I keep it cut to just above his fetlocks to keep him from stepping on it.
     
    12-12-2012, 01:44 PM
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Green Broke
My Lizzy's tail grows so fast I usually cut 4-5 inches off at a time. I cut it much shorter for winter otherwise it gets gross since it's white.

There's no harm in cutting it, it will grow back.
     
    12-12-2012, 01:49 PM
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Really your only options are tie it up or cut it..
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    12-13-2012, 09:18 AM
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Agreed, cut the tail. Look at it this way, if you cut the tail, it will stay that much cleaner from not dragging on the ground and from her not stepping on it.
     
    12-13-2012, 09:28 AM
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My mare has a drag the ground tail too. As much as I hate to I'm going to have to cut it before the snow flies and she gets ice balls.
     
    12-13-2012, 09:31 AM
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Green Broke
It is like a woman's hair. If she cuts it, the ends get thick and healthy, If she goes without trims, the ends get thin and ratty looking.
As soon as any of mine get long I get out the sissors.

You are correct she does have a beautiful tail, GA-GA
     
    12-13-2012, 10:12 AM
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Well, you can cut it yourself, or let her continue to step on it and trim it on her own.

Personally, I save my tail from the weather in the winter to keep it nice for the other seasons. I braid it with a strip of old sheet (below the bone!), tie it up, wrap it with Vetwrap and there it stays all winter. No ice balls, and it is gorgeous come spring. Just make sure that anything you do it below the bone and that you brush it first. I also put a hair conditioner on it prior. You will think that a lot of hair comes out when you undo it, but nothing other than all the hair you would have brshed out all winter. Works like a charm.
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    12-13-2012, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Well, you can cut it yourself, or let her continue to step on it and trim it on her own.

Personally, I save my tail from the weather in the winter to keep it nice for the other seasons. I braid it with a strip of old sheet (below the bone!), tie it up, wrap it with Vetwrap and there it stays all winter. No ice balls, and it is gorgeous come spring. Just make sure that anything you do it below the bone and that you brush it first. I also put a hair conditioner on it prior. You will think that a lot of hair comes out when you undo it, but nothing other than all the hair you would have brshed out all winter. Works like a charm.

Good plan, I am doing this this year^^^^.
     
    12-13-2012, 11:44 AM
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Green Broke
I always keep mine cut off at the fet locks. I think it looks thicker and neater that way.

Love the vet wrap idea for winter...
     

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