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post #1 of 13 Old 06-23-2010, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Summer tail care

Hello, Over the winter I have been keeping my horses tail braided and bagged in one of those single tube ones. When I took his tail out it was noice and thick and dragged on the ground. Since then summer has come around the flies are bad and he keeps shaking his tail out! I have ended up taking it out for the last few days. I am planning to put it back in one of those three tube bags but will that prevent it from falling out? Or should I just leave it?

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 02:05 PM
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If you decide to keep it in a bag all summer, I would recommend A LOT of fly spray. Reapply it about 2-3 times a day since she can't swish at flies. Those things are so pesky! If I were you, I would leave it out, but that's just my opinion :]. You do whatever you want to do!

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I would leave it out too or you can do what I do....I make my own tail bags - with tail.

Just sew a generic sort of pouch about 20-25 inches long (whatever you think you need to fit the tail in, if you make it a little wide you can double it up). When you do the top sew in a couple of ribbons to pull through your braid and tie. On the bottom sew in a LOT of yarn about 3 feet or so in length. In groups of about 4-6 strands of the yarn tie knots in the ends (bottom) to put weight on your yarn. I used to tie beads into the bottoms of my yarn but some horses just whip themselves too hard for beads.... anyway you want it to have enough weight that when they swish they can make the false tail of the bag swish the flies.

I had a friend that used to make these for her horse with the chewed off tail too.

Now you have a tail bag, and still have something to swish flies with :)
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I would leave it out too or you can do what I do....I make my own tail bags - with tail.

Just sew a generic sort of pouch about 20-25 inches long (whatever you think you need to fit the tail in, if you make it a little wide you can double it up). When you do the top sew in a couple of ribbons to pull through your braid and tie. On the bottom sew in a LOT of yarn about 3 feet or so in length. In groups of about 4-6 strands of the yarn tie knots in the ends (bottom) to put weight on your yarn. I used to tie beads into the bottoms of my yarn but some horses just whip themselves too hard for beads.... anyway you want it to have enough weight that when they swish they can make the false tail of the bag swish the flies.

I had a friend that used to make these for her horse with the chewed off tail too.

Now you have a tail bag, and still have something to swish flies with :)
That's a neat idea!!

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That's a neat idea!!
Thanx :) That made me actually miss my sewing machine though :( I sort of wore it out and now I spend too much money on horse stuff to get a new one which is kind of ironic because if I had the sewing machine I wouldn't be spending so much to BUY the stuff that I could make like saddle pads, etc ha ha.
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Is the braid falling out or just the tail bag?
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-25-2010, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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the braid comes out of the bag then he shakes the braid out.

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So the strap on the bag is coming undone first? What kind of strap is it? Is it velcro or one of the lycra ones you tie a knot in?
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Its a one piece bag. Its one of those lycra bags the tail bag stays in the braid doesnt stay in the bag

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Ohhhh, okay, I get it. Is the tail bag too long for the tail? I've never heard of that happening!
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