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  • How to get cucker burrs outta horses man and tail

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    10-06-2010, 12:57 AM

My new guy Archy is a Standard bred - Appalossa. He has NO mane and BARELY a tail, maybe about 5 inches after the tail bone. Now, I know that many Appys don't really have a tail or mane (which I think right now is sweet! No burrs!) but I would like to make his tail look alittle better. Any cures I can try out? It will also be a way of getting him use to me standing behind him as he hates it when I'm outta sight.

Best pic showing his tail currently.
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    10-06-2010, 10:16 PM
Many people of this forum use a product called MTG. I've heard it is amazing for growing new manes and tails.

I have been loosely french braiding down my horse's tailbones down to the end of the tail (leaving a switch for flies). It helps to keep the hair from breaking off from whisking flies away--not sure how well it would help with growing new hair though. With a braided tail you don't have to brush it out very often (every week or two), so you can minimize breakage.

Make sure you stand as close to him as you can when working with his tail, especially if he doesn't like it. It is much better to get shoved with their hock than to receive a full blown kick!

I got lucky with my Appaloosa in the hair and hoof department--his mane is past the bottom of his neck, and his tail is full to below his fetlocks. It must all be in his genes!

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