this is a good question actually, because today I was just wondering the same thing. I wish I could brush my geldings tail often, but it gets so tangled so often, that I can only brush it after I wash it and deep condition it. I don't know how to fix this :( over the summer, it was nice and I kept it decent, but in the winter, it's so nasty! im going to go out there tomorrow and wash it because he has dingleberrys. Ive never wrapped or bagged..... is it ok to do in the winter? any ideas? his tail is down to the ground, i have to trim it occasionally. I wash with mane and tail shampoo and condition with cowboy magic. tomorrow im taking out my aussie shampoo lol to see if that helps.