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    12-21-2009, 08:15 PM

I really want my girl to get a little more lenght in her tail any ideas?
I braid it and than take it out and spray hair moisterizer in it and brush it through, when I ride her she hold her tail up that's why I want it longer :)

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    12-21-2009, 10:59 PM
Her tail is already beautiful, long, and thick. It would probably drag on the ground if it got any longer, wouldn't it?
    12-21-2009, 11:04 PM
Yes I agree, it already is gorgeously long and thick.
If you went any longer, the thing is you could get you're horse hurt because she could trip on it, or she would also most likely pull or rip it off.
    12-21-2009, 11:16 PM
I think its fine the way it is, but the best way to get it to grow is just plain don't mess with it. Lol
    12-21-2009, 11:43 PM
No messing with it is helpful - brushing it every day is just going to pull and break hairs.

I think it would help to trim it up a little. I think that when the bottom is even that the tail actually looks longer, thicker, and healthier. Trimming just an inch or so won't make it look shorter, but it will make it look better.
    12-22-2009, 10:55 AM
Green Broke
I agree, if her tail is any longer when she is backing up she may step on it. Honestly I would trim off a couple of inches on the bottom, make is straight, which will give it a really nice finished look without being dangerous to your horse.
    12-22-2009, 04:54 PM
Thanks guys, her tail doesnt actually touch the ground maybe 2 more inches and it would, I wish she didnt hold her tail up :( but I refuse in tail clipping its CREWL!
    12-22-2009, 05:04 PM
I cut my mares tail to about her fetlocks. Speaking of I think she's over due. I never let it get to the ground. Judges like to see nicely kept tails that arent dragging and getting in the way.

Like everyone said, leave it alone. If you do want it to get longer then the ground bag it up, but you'll need to do that all the time.
    12-23-2009, 03:23 PM
Thanks guys, but her tail is not close to the ground about 2 or 3 inches before its on the ground :)
    12-23-2009, 03:36 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by JustLeaveIt2Mya    
thanks guys, her tail doesnt actually touch the ground maybe 2 more inches and it would, I wish she didnt hold her tail up :( but I refuse in tail clipping its CREWL!
that tail thing confuses me??? I have never met a horse that could care less about having a trimmed tail
If you do want it longer, put it in a tailbag, then only take it out when it needs to be re-done, even then only re-braid it and put the bag back on, brush at less as possible and use lots of detangler when you do

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