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post #1 of 18 Old 02-20-2014, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Is vet wrap hard to come off a horses tail?

I want to wrap my haflingers tail but will it be sticky and hard to come off? I've heard of tails being ripped from vet wrap
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-20-2014, 05:21 PM
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Bump, I would like to know as well
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post #3 of 18 Old 02-20-2014, 05:32 PM
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Bah, I wrapped my mares tail with vet wrap and she gave one moderately vigorous tail swish and off it came. Vet wrap is supposed to stick to itself, not to the horse.
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If you leave it on long enough (weeks, months), or if it's wet enough it can get gunky and hard to come off. Not because it's stuck on the tail but because its gunked up and stuck to itself. I wrap my Arab's grey tail with blue vet wrap. I only occasionally have to cut it off but it never damages his tail. It hasn't dyed his tail either.
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Depending upon why you are looking to wrap your horses tail instead of vet wrap you can use the outer long wrap from a standing/shipping wrap you place over quilts. Some use polos, but I would be very hesitant as they are extremely stretchy and thicker material.
However...you can also use a tail wrap, manufactured for just what it is called..."Tail Wrap"...
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Professional's Choice® Tail Wrap | Dover Saddlery

There were some other choices but most recognize the Professional Choice name...and it was less expensive than some of the other choices...available in several colors too.

Use caution no matter what you "wrap" with as you don't want to hurt the blood supply or nerves in the tail and tail dock area...

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Ok thanks I think I'll try the wrap and see how it turns out

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Don't use Vet Wrap or Guardtex over the tailbone as you'll cut off the blood supply and can kill the tail. I braid below the tailbone and then roll it up and wrap in Guardtex. It will last 1 month without having to be changed, no mess when removing it either.
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Careful with wrapping the tail.
I've never had an issue with vet wrap not coming off. I can imagine if you tangled it up or let it get really gross it may be an issue but typically it only sticks to itself. If you are careful you could even cut it off. I've never heard of vetwrap pulling the tail out, it probably wasn't done correctly.

I braid my horses tail (below the tailbone) bundle it up and vetwrap then duct tape over (just to help hold it and keep it dry)
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I have the professional's choice tail wrap, works good, easy to pop in the washer when it's dirty. I put it on the on the tail after a bath before a show so the tail is nice and flat. Never used it for more than one night.
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I've braided and bagged my horse's tail for a long time and had tried vet wrapping unsuccessfully a few times (it would just slip off). I recently found a YouTube video that showed me what I had been doing wrong and was able to keep the vet wrap on for about a month. It came off just fine, the color (blue) didn't bleed onto my horse's white tail, and no gunky residue left behind.
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