Tail braiding woes; can't get the dock hair

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  • Can i get my horses docked tail to grow long hair?
  • Scabby dock on a coloured horse

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    07-19-2013, 05:14 PM
Tail braiding woes; can't get the dock hair

I dampen it, I try it dry, I put gel in it; I can't get my mare's top dock hairs to come together for a braid!
I'm trying to get ideas to dress up my mare for a birthday party in January, a little girl wants to play Princess and ride her while I lead from the ground, a typical pony ride with a theme. The horse herself is a 15.2hh gray Paint, with a white-gray tail and a white/red/black mane, and two white hooves. I thought it would be adorable to braid her up and put flowers and ribbons in her hair, also paint her hooves, but I can't get the upper tail hairs... at all. I try grabbing them from under and to the sides, they won't reach. I think my mare's new neighbors might have chewed her tail, as I see they've messed her mane up a bit.
I should have enough time for them to grow, so can I just skip the dock hairs and bag up the whole thing with the lower portion braided? Her mane is about 4 inches long, I think I'll let that grow out as well and just braid or band it for when I go out hacking.
Any tricks to at least give the appearance of a braided tail? Or some other fancy way to do it up for a Princess-themed party?
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    07-19-2013, 05:47 PM
Hair spray is a really good alternative. In Europe a big thing there for braiding is using egg whites. It makes the tail shiny and a bit more sticky so the tail will stay braided for a few days-thats for you to decide tho.
    07-21-2013, 06:22 AM
Will egg whites bleach a black horse's tail?
    07-21-2013, 02:47 PM
Originally Posted by KigerQueen    
Will egg whites bleach a black horse's tail?
I don't think so, since there's nothing in the egg that will take the color out. I've accidentally gotten raw egg on my horse's mane, and the black hairs stayed black.
    07-21-2013, 03:45 PM
If the hairs are long enough, braid from a point where you can and then weave flowers into the shorter hairs...or band them in. If they are really really short, am thinking almost like a docked dressage tail, the only other option is something like the hairspray mentioned to "stick" down the hairs.

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