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post #1 of 10 Old 05-19-2011, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Summer tail

Last week it was time to put up the boy's summer tail. I took it down, washed it, conditioned it, and got it back up. In the 14 months I've had him, his tail has grown more than a foot . It now drags on the ground by at least 6-8" It's very healthy and medium-thick. I took pictures after I put it up, but I forgot to take pictures when it was down.

Here are a couple of finished product pictures.

This is my 6yo daughter with our crazy Arabian, lol. He loves her and is so sweet with her and he's not even 3. I have no idea why he looks so thin, though. He's really not, lol.


Here's the tail!


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post #2 of 10 Old 05-19-2011, 11:19 PM
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how long do you leave it in for? Doesn't that color wash out into his tail and stain it? I so want to use pink on my mare but I'm afraid it will dye it!

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I've been wrapping tails with vet wrap for more than 10 years and I've never seen the color wash into a tail. That includes through baths, rinses, summer sprinkles, etc. So, no it doesn't wash into his tail. That will stay up all summer unless something happens and I need to take it down earlier. The last one was in for almost 3 months. The only part I don't like is taking it off because it takes forever and the vet wrap comes off in tiny pieces. Grr.

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I've been wrapping tails with vet wrap for more than 10 years and I've never seen the color wash into a tail. That includes through baths, rinses, summer sprinkles, etc. So, no it doesn't wash into his tail. That will stay up all summer unless something happens and I need to take it down earlier. The last one was in for almost 3 months. The only part I don't like is taking it off because it takes forever and the vet wrap comes off in tiny pieces. Grr.
cool! People on youtube say that is washes into the tail (not that youtube is a great place for information or any thing)

I put my mares tail up 2 weeks ago. With the FL sun I think it will only last half as long as yours. Every thing fries here.

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I'll take it down if it wears out prematurely, but I try to leave it in as long as possible just because the more it comes down and goes back up, the harder it is on the tail and the hair. I try to mess with his tail as little as possible. Of course, when I take it down and it's long, soft, healthy, clean, and I can run my fingers through it, that's when I get my reward for my patience. With shows it'll come down more often, but I have a wedding to pay for this year, so it's likely there won't be any more shows this year. We went to one in February and he won his halter classes and his tail was only 2-3" on the ground at the time. Al of his hair grows so fast!

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awsome this is going to saund really dumb but in mexico we say is better to sound dumb a minute than live wondering forever but.. how do you put it on?
I've only seen pitures and books but I ha dno idea hoy to do it in my TB if he gets a tail lol he will look awsomeeeee!!!!!
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This was the video, that taught me how to put tails up

YouTube - ‪Hoofhaven's Channel‬‏
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thank you that was very helpfull im going to try it once my boy comes back can't wait
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This was the video, that taught me how to put tails up

YouTube - ‪Hoofhaven's Channel‬‏
that's the same one I learned from.

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That's similar to what I do.

I don't use MTG, I use cowboy magic conditioner, rinse, and then detangler as a leave in. I don't put elastics in the tail either. I wrap horizontally first, at least 2 times vertically with a separate piece of wrap, then horizontally again. I use 5-7 pieces of twine, I don't knot it after I put it on, I cut it different lengths, and I fray the ends 3-4" with my hands. I also don't wrap it as high above the braid as she did. I cover the looped part, but that's it.
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