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post #1 of 25 Old 06-21-2009, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do with your horses tail?

I have noticed that in a lot of photos, people cut the horse's tail straight. What do YOU do with your horse's tail?

Mine is pretty much left natural, as is his mane (although, I'm thinking of pulling his mane to the usual QH look or braiding it up)

But it seems a bit unkempt to me? A few years back, we had a mustang who ate Java's poor tail, so it's still growing out.

Do you let yours out all natural? Do you trim it? Do you cut it short? Cut it at the hocks?

Also - any tricks on keeping a three-tube tail bag in? I have tried a few different ways, but it seems to always fall out after one night in. He's never had a problem keeping other tail bags in?


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post #2 of 25 Old 06-21-2009, 09:00 PM
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I just trim mine when it gets too long, I keep it about 3-4 in. off the ground and cut it straight across.

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post #3 of 25 Old 06-21-2009, 09:02 PM
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Leave it all natural when I can. Koda's ended up as one huge tangle after being turned out for the winter though so I had to cut his just above the hocks. It is growing out slowly but surely. :)
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post #4 of 25 Old 06-21-2009, 09:16 PM
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I clip the sides of the tail at the very top so that its straight. Ugh, wish I could describe the better..

It looks super tidy!
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post #5 of 25 Old 06-21-2009, 09:31 PM
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i let it grow out natural, but put it in a tail bag after i bath for a show.
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post #6 of 25 Old 06-21-2009, 09:41 PM
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I trim split ends off at the very end of the tail now and then; just did to my new Appy; I am hoping his tail will grow longer and thicker with some TLC.

Mainly I keep the tail as clean as I can, braid it if he is going into a pasture with more brush, and condition it fairly often.

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post #7 of 25 Old 06-22-2009, 01:16 AM
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we just go natural and I pick through it. When I bathe, I shampoo, condition, and pick with brush until can brush smooth. If it gets too long where he keeps stepping on it and pullijng it out, I cut straight across, and sometimes the toward the bottom at an angle on either side just couple inches off the ground. I noticed that it is getting thicker without me messing with it as long as there's not gunk in it.
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post #8 of 25 Old 06-22-2009, 03:00 AM
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natural for me

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post #9 of 25 Old 06-22-2009, 04:30 AM
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I bang my horses tail straight across (Well on an angle so its flat when she carries it)..... Leave the top natural - and plait for competitions

In winter I cut it a bit shorter to keep it from the mud etc and give it a chance to full out a bit
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post #10 of 25 Old 06-22-2009, 08:24 AM
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I use to cut it straight across with my other horses. But now I leave it natural. Same with her mane, no bridle path. I also have recently started leaving the fetlocks natural. I just like the all natural God given look of the whole package!
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