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?