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post #1 of 36 Old 04-15-2012, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for growing thick long tails?

I show on the hunter jumper circut and it always stand out to me when horses have long healthy shiny tails (haha wow I sound like a creeper) I was wondering if anybody had tips to help a horses tail grow and stay long and thick? I don't want it as thick as horses in the western pleasure ring or anything but I wouldn't mind a little extra volume And I don't want to buy any kind of fake tail either. Thanks in advanced!
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post #2 of 36 Old 04-15-2012, 07:17 PM
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the biggest thing i think, is to not brush it often ! i only brush my horses tail at horse shows. ive also heard that m-t-g works really well.
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Oh wow I didn't know that! Thanks :)
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Well, I am interested in answers, too. My mare is an appy x, so her tail is far from "thick". You have to make absolutely sure there is no "issue" - like pin worms. I knew this was not the case (she did have them once as a filly), and I declared war on her tail growth about 6 mo's ago. And, I found the opposite - I comb (not brush)her tail at the roots at least once every 3 days, and, weather permitting, I message coconut oil into the roots and the hair (but my main objective is the roots), let it sit for no more than a day - and rinse it out w wetted water. All this really helped. She now has a funny looking 5-6" long "bushy" top from new grown. It will take time for it to grow to its full potential. But, like you....I am always looking for "ideas"...b/c it is a struggle!!!
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl View Post
the biggest thing i think, is to not brush it often ! i only brush my horses tail at horse shows. ive also heard that m-t-g works really well.
I agree but you do have to be careful with M-T-G because if horses are outside in the sun a lot with it on them it can burn them or cause irritation. But it does work. Just watch out for the sun. It doesn't effect all horses but you never know.
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Keep it braided and in a tail bag, and at least every other week take it out for an hour or two and then put detangler in it and brush it and put it back up. You will also want to redo the braid at the minimum of 2 times a week. You can also put MTG in the tail when you redo the braid, or I use Ezall Horse detangler and shine, it actually helped grow out Casey's tail SUPER fast.

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Thanks so much for all the tips! I'm deffinatly gonna try those ideas :)
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No matter what anyone says -- it boils down to genetics. A lot of products give the appearance of a thicker tail. In truth, the horses tail can only be as full as the number of foliciles in the tail head.

Keeping the tail, udder and sheath clean are a big help so they don't rub and break hairs. If you bag the tail, ensure the horse has adequate bug protection otherwise swatting bugs will break the exposed hair shafts.

Do not comb the tail out dry. Finger combing or conditioning prior to combing helps to prevent breakage.
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post #9 of 36 Old 04-16-2012, 02:20 PM
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I just started using MTG about a week ago and posted about me needing suggestions. Out of all the GREAT suggestions I figured out a schedule that work for me. I put MTG on in the evening on her dock every 3 to 4 days or when i notice it kinda dry, then braid the ends. I did notice her rubbing it (which she hasn't done before) i think its just bc its a new feeling on her tail? but anyway I started wrapping it with vet wrap over night so it can soak in really well then take it off immediatley in the morning (don't leave it on long AT all it do some damage). Once its soaked in she doesnt notice it. And finally wash it all out once a week and start fresh!! I'll let you know my results:)
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Or Farriers Formula by Life Data....I'm going to start her on that as well as its all related hoof, mane/tail, and coat! my farrier highly recommends it
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