Huh...maybe you need to set up a camera one night! Would be interesting to see how they actually get them out intact!!! Lol!
One thing that I did with my Pride's tail was to braid it in three braids, one at the top of the tail, one in the middle and one at the bottom...the top two braids covered his tail bone, and the bottom one used up the hair that was left. I found out early on in braiding horse's tails that one braid often doesn't do it, especially with bugs out, in the summer, and if there are pasture mates in with them! Pride never lost his tail braids! It looked pretty cool when it was done too! I haven't started doing it with Danni's tail yet, but I want some of the top tail hair to grow longer before braiding it. Oh, yeah, I didn't use a bag...just conditioned, and braided. I would wash it as frequently as I thought it needed, and recondition afterwards, then rebraid. I would often leave it out after a few weeks of being in, too, just so it could 'breath'.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."