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post #11 of 28 Old 03-22-2011, 08:41 PM
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Sad! He looks embarrassed. Haha.

Just don't brush it too much when it grows back or it will thin out his tail and it'll loose a lot of thickness. I would just brush it sparingly, then run your fingers through it often to pick out little knots if they form.
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post #12 of 28 Old 03-22-2011, 09:29 PM
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When I first got Dancer, she had a really long tail, but it looked a little strange (you may be able to see it in my avatar - that pic was taken at her old home). When we got her home, I noticed she had LOTS of scars on her butt, going straight across, like she had been rubbing back and forth against something. Then I noticed the mat in her tail. Started trying to work through it, but wasn't having any success. I would work on it for a hour or so, then let her back in the pasture. Big mistake. She didn't come up for dinner - I went looking for her, and there she was, with her matted tail caught on a tree branch. She wasn't going anywhere!

I had to cut her tail almost as short as your fellas. It was as thick and heavy and stiff as a club! Found that someone had BRAIDED bailing wire into her tail (hence the scratches on her but) and LEFT it there! It must have been there for years.

After the tail cut (about 1-1/2 years ago):

Tail now (pay no attention to the fat broad!):
Me on Dancer 03-19-11c.jpg

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post #13 of 28 Old 03-22-2011, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my....but yes, I can see her tail being a 'club' because that's how my guy's was x.x poor thing.

And I've found bits and things randomly braided into my mare's mane and tail when we lived near a neighborhood....found out later that some kids were sneaking into the pasture and thought it was 'cute' -.- I was so mad because I had to unbraid and unknott her mane and tail DAILY for like a MONTH x.x Luckily I caught it daily x.x Otherwise it wouldn't have turned out so well.
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post #14 of 28 Old 03-25-2011, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Quedeme View Post
I have left her alone for a MONTH without seeing her and she still has never been that bad. It's crazy.
I can't imagine going a day without seeing Chili, let alone a MONTH!!

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post #15 of 28 Old 03-25-2011, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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It's hard, but it's hard to get out there daily when she's boarded. I don't usually go that long but for extreme cases. Usually winter because the back roads ice over and it's just too dangerous, especially when I KNOW she's well cared for and provided for where she is.

This last winter was a different story though x.x she decided to go get a HORRIBLE wound (bad abscess) during the heart of winter and horrid weather. I literally went 10 miles an hour down the road to get out to her twice a day to tend to her x.x It was utter hell....but I did it, and I'm glad I did! Because of my careful attention, she healed well and won't even have a scar!
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post #16 of 28 Old 03-25-2011, 07:27 AM
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There is not a tail mat that can not be removed with lots of patience and various products. This is a time when something like WD40 is your friend.

I have two horses whose tails like to mat naturally (they have natural twist and curl to their hair).

Originally Posted by SAsamone View Post
how does a a tail even get that matted? my Emma has a very thick tail and I hardly ever comb the manes or tails of my horses unless I just have the urge to do a full groom or if I'm bathing. Does he rub his tail?
Not all horse hair is the same, just like not all human hair is the same. Your horse might not be prone to knots and mats. Some horses are more prone to them. Add a small piece of debris (hay, shavings, mud, etc) and that is enough to start a real mess in no time.
Tail rubbing is not necessary to make tail knots.

It is soon going to be a bad time of year to be with out a tail. I hope you are going to provide the poor guy with lots of bug protection or braid something in to his tail to help him with the bugs.
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post #17 of 28 Old 03-25-2011, 08:03 AM
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Oh no! I was actually thinking the same thing as AB, you need to invest in all of the fly control products you can for this guy! As for growing the tail out, I would actually brush it as often as possible with as much cowboy magic as needed for as long as I had to. When I brush a tail, it can take up to an hour ( more if its bad) but you will not hear one rip out of that tail. Take very small sections and work from the bottom. If you leave it alone for long periods of time, I find that the tail will get knotted and ripped out during the course of the usual horseplay as a result. if it is nice and detangled, you have a better chance of the hair just running over a small object instead of getting caught on it and pulled. Good luck! And get a fly sheet!
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post #18 of 28 Old 03-25-2011, 09:11 AM
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Fly sheet, plenty of fly spray, as well as braid something into his tail to make it longer for the summer, otherwise that poor horse is going to be completely miserable.

To be honest, I was shocked to see it that short. Even if I were going to cut it, I'd try and save as much length as possible.

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post #19 of 28 Old 03-25-2011, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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It's no shorter than a draft's tail after it's been docked, I'm sure it's not that big of a deal. And, as stated above, I am ready and willing to do what needs to be done for the flies. Thank you for your concerns though.
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I'm sorry you had to cut it off. When I got my mare she had a huge knot in the middle of her mane, surprisingly her tail was fine lol. Totally random side note, my neighbor has the most adorable siamese cat that sits in the window and stares at me. Back to my post lol. I thought I was going to have to cut out that section of mane, but after a LOT of work I got it untangled. She is one of those horses that naturally tangles easily, my Thoroughbred on the other hand, never got a tangled mane or tail, even if I didn't do anything for weeks at a time. It just depends on the horse.
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