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    03-26-2012, 07:22 PM
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Tail bags

So today, I picked out my horse's tail then went to put it in my tail bag.
I recently learned that when you put on a tail bag, you're supposed to leave out some of the hair on the tail bone. That way that hair won't get pulled out, and they have something to swish tails with.
My riding instructor said she had never heard of that.
Anyone else?
     
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    03-26-2012, 07:36 PM
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Foal
I have heard of it from a couple other people but I myself have never done it and have never known anyone else who has. Because fly season started a bit early I got one of these tail bags to help with the fly swishing.
     
    03-26-2012, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Kato    
Because fly season started a bit early I got one of these tail bags to help with the fly swishing.
does that close with Velcro?
Mine does and it comes off in her stall/field
     
    03-26-2012, 07:44 PM
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Green Broke
Everyone that I have worked for that used tail bags or socks stalled their horses and kept them sheeted and fly sprayed.

If turned out they worried about them pulling the tail out if kept braided and bagged so it was left loose if turned out. I imagine the tail bag that Kato posted would be a good alternative. I have heard of people making a "swisher" from baling twine and attaching to the tail bag/sock.

But I think that keeping them sprayed would be important as well.
     
    03-26-2012, 07:46 PM
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It's really annoying up in PA.
It's always hot and humid during our summer, and the fly spray starts to not work.
I have repel-x lotion and that always seems to work
     
    03-26-2012, 07:48 PM
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Green Broke
I can't get Cinny's tail to stay in a typical tail bag. In the winter I braid it up and bundle with vetwrap. I used to leave it out during summer but now that we are showing more I made him a swisher out of bale twine and attached it to the vetwrap bundle.

It looks like this:

tail swatter2.jpg
     
    03-26-2012, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
I can't get Cinny's tail to stay in a typical tail bag. In the winter I braid it up and bundle with vetwrap. I used to leave it out during summer but now that we are showing more I made him a swisher out of bale twine and attached it to the vetwrap bundle.

It looks like this:

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that looks so cool!! Hahah! The horses at my barn would probably play with it!!
     
    03-26-2012, 07:54 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Lexiie    
it's really annoying up in PA.
It's always hot and humid during our summer, and the fly spray starts to not work.
I have repel-x lotion and that always seems to work
Uh, I hear ya! We are in east Texas and it is sticky here too(it was 82 today), I just bought some fly spray today to try that is supposed to be sweat proof.... I will have to try the Repel-X..

I like Cinny's tail! That is what I was talking about.
     
    03-26-2012, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Uh, I hear ya! We are in east Texas and it is sticky here too(it was 82 today), I just bought some fly spray today to try that is supposed to be sweat proof.... I will have to try the Repel-X..
It's awesome for their legs and ears and face.
And if you have it left over on your hands, wipe it in their tail, and mane.
It lasts almost all day
We know it works because when our horses see you come in the stall with that bottle they practically put it on themselves
     
    03-26-2012, 08:04 PM
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Weanling
It's not a must, but it really depends on your climate, and how bad the flies are at the time.

Have you tried Pyranha? It definitely works the best, in my area anyways.

In my area, the flies are controllable, with spray, fly traps, and predators. There's still some buzzing around, but the Pyranha is the final coating to keep them away from the horse.
So, leaving some hair out, would be kind, but not required.
     

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