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post #11 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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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.
Thanks! That's exactly what I'll do, I'll trim it a little too, everyone's right it's better to trim than have her step all over it anyway.
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post #12 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 06:40 PM
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I can't see wrapping mine. She's loose 24/7 and the snow is deep and the weather goes subzero often. A wet wrap seems like and invite to frostbite to me. Or turning into an icicle club.
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post #13 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 06:48 PM
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A foal I owned until he was 4 had a long tail that dragged on the ground when unbraided. I did it in 3 braids so it was a wicked fly swatter! When I sold him first thing the little boy did was bang that tail off, lol. If you ride with it loose & it drags & gets stepped on, it will develop a ratty look as hairs are being damaged.
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post #14 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 07:57 PM
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Sue-we use it in Central NY, on a farm that has constant wind, snow, etc. Not a whole lot warmer than where you are. Frostbite? It is not touching skin any more than the normal tail would, ice balls and all, but to each their own.

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post #15 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 07:57 PM
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I would trim it for safety. At a show, I saw a mare back up, step on her tail, freak out, and flip over with her owner on her. The owner was seriously hurt.

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I would trim it for safety. At a show, I saw a mare back up, step on her tail, freak out, and flip over with her owner on her. The owner was seriously hurt.
Yup! I've also seen a horse rip nearly all of her tail out in one go by stepping on it!!
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post #17 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 08:52 PM
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I can't see wrapping mine. She's loose 24/7 and the snow is deep and the weather goes subzero often. A wet wrap seems like and invite to frostbite to me. Or turning into an icicle club.
Yes, I see your concern, I would not tie it up without someone attentive handling or at least looking at your horse everyday.

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I keep it cut to just above his fetlocks to keep him from stepping on it.
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post #19 of 21 Old 12-14-2012, 08:38 AM
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I think it will just be easier to cut it to her ankles. It will be back by spring. I have to work and I'm often doing the evening feed in the dark. The thought of picking ice balls when it's -25 with the wind blowing in the dark doesn't do much for me.
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post #20 of 21 Old 12-18-2012, 02:56 PM
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Her tail is pretty! I would cut it a few inches shorter. You also don't want it to drag on the ground and get nasty things caught in the tip.
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