I have asked people before how they get their horses tails so nice. Most have told me that they just never brush it and it grows out thick and healthy. But to me this doesn't make sense. If you let your horses tails go without brushing, say for a few weeks, the tail will become dirty, tangled, and sometimes has stuff in it (like sticks or foxtails etc) Then when it comes time to finally brushing the tail, like before a show, its all matted and a lot of the hair will be in the brush. Does this make sense to anyone else? I just washed and brushed a horse who's tail was matted, dirty and filled with foxtails and burs. I took a large amount of hair (three brushfulls) trying to get through his tail.
I do one of two things to my horses tails. One is I keep in clean and in a tail bag. This keeps it from getting stuff in it, getting stepped on, being chewed on by other horses, keeps it not tangles (since its braided in the bag) and it allows the tail to grow. The other thing I do is brush my horses tail's everyday (when they are not in bags) when I do this I get a few strands of hair (normally the loose or broken hairs) and their tails look and feel strong and healthy. Also I think stimulating the tail will help it grow, like a humans hair, the more you brush it the more it grows.
What do you guys prefer to do with your horses' tails?