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post #1 of 22 Old 11-15-2011, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for maintaining a Friesian tail needed

I tried braiding her tail in 3 seperate braids and just let them hang. Her tail was then encrusted with pee and what ever else you may call it. I washed it and then braided it up in a cut up sheet.

I am not sure what the best way to keep it is. It get's very cold in the winter here. Is it ok to leave it braided for a long period of time? Someone mentioned it could rot.

This picture is how it seems to keep best. When down her tail just touches the ground. I used to leave it down but I think someone was standing on it while she was laying down and then stood up as a chunk was ripped out.
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-19-2011, 12:38 AM
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What we do with horses at the show barn I work at is put them up in guardtex for the winter, and just check it daily to make sure it's not wet (f it is, we take down till it dries and put it back up)
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post #3 of 22 Old 11-19-2011, 03:12 AM
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I either braid and wrap in guardtex or Schneiders has waterproof tail bags and I braid and put the tail in a tail bag. Just check for moisture and I take the tails down at least once every month and finger comb them out and put them back up.

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I vet wrap year round and have never had a problem with the tail hering wet or rotting.
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post #5 of 22 Old 12-26-2011, 10:18 PM
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Comb every day and add and leave conditioner in tail etc
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My Friesian cross has the biggest tail I have ever seen. I live in a mountain town under snow 5 months of the year. I leave it down but the ends go light in color, it's always clean though, even with a blanket hindering it. Is it possible she is going into heat, and that is what is crusting her tail up so much? I have heard of fellow horses chewing tails off. It's quit possible she stood on her own tail as well.

I like to put MTG in the bases of my hoses tails, and leave them down, with lots of brushing.

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post #7 of 22 Old 02-20-2012, 03:47 PM
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I would braid and either wrap in vet wrap or put in waterproof tail bags.

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I braid my guys in the winter-with a sheet, just like you have there, except that before I make the final tie I loop it up and tie it similar to how you do mane braids....below the bone of course, then wrap it with vet wrap. Yes, I take it out aout every 6 wks and brush it and put it back (I have been using Argan oil on mine this year).....until the muddy yukkiness of winter and spring are gone. When you brush it you will get quite a bit of hair out, but remember you haven't been brushing, so don't panic.

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post #9 of 22 Old 02-20-2012, 04:24 PM
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Try feeding her stuff with flaxseed, biotin, & kelp. Ive heard they get hair to grow. If she rubs, garlic helps with itching. Shampoo the base of her tail, to make sure theres not a huge buildup of oil &grease. She should drink lots of water, too.
To keep other horses &the elements away, I would use a tail bag of some sort.
I love your horse, by the way. Friesians are so gorgeous(: Goodluck!(:
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post #10 of 22 Old 02-22-2012, 12:21 AM
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I always use MTG around the tailbone and very lightly through the rest of the tail. I let it dry for 12 to 24 hours, braid, roll up in a ball about 2 inches below the tailbone and then vet wrap. Check it and make sure it is not wet everyday and I take mine down once a month to run my fingers through and reapply MTG. Have (in the past, not right now) had horses with tail dragging 2 and 3 feet behind them going into the show ring. Pain in the rear to maintain, but pretty in the end. Honestly I chopped the ends off before winter hit this year as I didn't feel like messing with their tails.

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