Originally Posted by Canteringleap
Just wondering how long you think it takes tails to grow?
And if anyone has any tips to maintenance that will help it grow quicker and thicker :)
This is my new horse, and his tail was left in a plait with his previous owner for several months - thus matted and had to be cut, this is it a month on (sorry about the average photo, only one I could find to show) :)
The "growth" rate of the tail will be determined by health, diet and genetics. Just like your own hair.
You can take care when grooming to avoid pulling out much of it or causing the hair to break, but that has nothing to do with the rate of growth.
I've had people think that my horses have such long tails and manes because I use coconut oil to comb them out, but it's not the case. If it were both my horses would have the same heavy forelocks, but only one does. The coconut oil is healthy for their hair and helps reduce breaking when combed out, but doesn't make it grow faster or longer.
Hair is not like a a plant. You can't add manure around the base to make it grow more
. If you could then there would be a lot fewer bald men and most ladies would have horses with excessively long flowing manes and tails. Hair growth is determined on the inside, not the outside. Even the few products that humans use with a degree of success for growing hair do not work for everyone and usually have a relative minor effect when they do work. They also don't make hair grow faster. The only helps promote hair growth where it has stopped.
Time, patience, good health, diet and careful grooming well do the most for getting you a long tail again.
BTW: the most matted tail I've ever seen (it looked like a huge club) was combed out in under 2 hours with oil and a lot of careful work starting at the end and carefully working up the tail. Cutting it is the easy way out, but not the only way. Most guys will take the easy way
provided there's not some woman screaming not to cut the long tail.