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post #1 of 16 Old 01-03-2012, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for growing a tail anyone?

My Curly Jasper used to have a nice tail. We sold him. Got him back and he came back to us without his tail! We've had him back for about 3 years and it's only gotten worse. We owned him for 6 years and his tail was always the same so I don't really think it's a genetic thing. (Thanks you the Curly balding gene that some of them carry) But even with "baldys" they shed their mane and tails completely in the spring time, and then grow them back during the winter. His doesn't grow. At all.

The previous owners mentioned that the mare he was pastured with was a tail chewer. Awesome.

His tail is also frizzy and scratchy feeling. It used to be smooth and silky, thick and full.


Age 12.


Age 5.

Ideas? I'm open to anything. I've seen a lot of talk about MTG on this forum.

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-04-2012, 01:55 PM
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it could have been the feed the previous owner was feeding him
maybe he has some sort of allergy

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No product will MAKE the hair grow. Seriously. There would be no bald men. Genetics are genetics.

To enhance what is there, you can keep the pores clean and the hair conditioned. That will give the best chance for optimum growth.

However - it appears as though he is rubbing. Sheath clean? Worming up to date? And as was mentioned, allergy?
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Keep what little hair he has left conditioned and the skin on the tail bone hydrated. You could also try massaging the tail bone which stimulates blood flow and helps aid in hair regrowth. MTG also works, especially if it is some type of fungal infection that has been causing him to itch at his, already tiny, tail.

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No product will MAKE the hair grow. Seriously. There would be no bald men. Genetics are genetics.

To enhance what is there, you can keep the pores clean and the hair conditioned. That will give the best chance for optimum growth.

However - it appears as though he is rubbing. Sheath clean? Worming up to date? And as was mentioned, allergy?
Understandable about the genetics thing. And many people don't know a whole lot about Curlies so it's hard to research this since he's such a different breed.

I've never seen him rub on anything. He doesn't even itch his butt in the stall when we bring him inside in the evenings. Sheath is regularly cleaned. He's deworked every 10 weeks, we switch back and forth between Strongid and Ivermectin.

As for an allergy, we owned him from yearling-6 years, Never had any symptoms of allergies. Sold him, he was got for 3 years, have had him back for 3 years now. So if it was something the previous owners had, it'd be out of his system by now. He doesn't appear to have any allergies. We used to board a horse that was allergic to alfalfa and his nose would break out something fierce. He doesn't have runny eyes, any baldness anywhere else on him. He's regularly seen by the vet and farrier and is in perfect health.

Just without a tail. :)

Here are some pictures of extreme curlies. Extremes are "extremely curly" in the winter time, and shed all their hair in the summer. Mane, tail, some even shed down to the skin on their bodies in certain spots. (Typically neck, shoulders, sides and butt)




Compared to those two, at least Jasper has a few little whisps of hair that he can chase flies with. Luckily my paint mare has a thick, luscious tail that drags the ground and he stands by her in the summer so she can swat away his flies. Smart boy.

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No product will MAKE the hair grow. Seriously. There would be no bald men.
Isn't there Bosley though and like surgical procedures?

As a joke - you should take your curly into one of the places that help bald people, and ask them to fix his tail!! oh how i would LOVE to see their faces
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As a joke - you should take your curly into one of the places that help bald people, and ask them to fix his tail!! oh how i would LOVE to see their faces
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That's the funniest thing ever!

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we keep ours braided and use some of the equss products, they seem to work wonders
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Hi. I'm new here. I have found that MTG works wonders. I had an arabian that would completely rub off his mane. I would put some MTG on it about 3-4 times a week, and his hair grew back so thick and pretty. Better than it was before he ever started rubbing it. Original M-T-G Shapley's (Equine - Grooming - Horse Shampoo Conditioner - Conditioners)
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we keep ours braided and use some of the equss products, they seem to work wonders
I could certainly try the equss products. As for the braiding...theres nothing that can be braided.

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I'm going to try it. It's worth a shot. :)

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