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post #1 of 9 Old 01-21-2011, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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A horse with a long thick tail, competeing in western shows, should they have their tail cut bluntly across the bottom or leave it natural?
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-21-2011, 11:35 PM
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I like the look of a tail that is trimmed across the bottom to look nice and clean, it looks more put together and helps your overall turn out.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-22-2011, 10:27 AM
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I like the look of a tail that is trimmed across the bottom to look nice and clean, it looks more put together and helps your overall turn out.
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I like the look of a *banged* tail, also. A banged tail is the term used to describe a tail that is trimmed evenly across the bottom end.
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-22-2011, 08:29 PM
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I like the look of a *banged* tail, also. A banged tail is the term used to describe a tail that is trimmed evenly across the bottom end.
Yes, I know the term "banged". It just always conjures up images of dressage horses with tails just below the hock or something and I don't like that look in the Western show ring.
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-22-2011, 10:19 PM
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I vote for the natural look. On a western horse, it seems more natural.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-23-2011, 08:25 AM
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Sorry, I didn't know you know the term "banged". I banged my QH mare's tail to just at her fetlock. If I didn't she could/would step on it.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-23-2011, 08:30 AM
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I think it would depend of the type classes you were showing in.
WP, most definitely a long 'banged' tail.
Speed events, not so much.
What type classes are you looking to show in??
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-23-2011, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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[QUOTE=WhoaNow;900122]I think it would depend of the type classes you were showing in.
WP, most definitely a long 'banged' tail.
Speed events, not so much.
What type classes are you looking to show in??[/QUOTE

Western pleasure and halter mostly
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-23-2011, 11:48 AM
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I honestly like the look of a natural tail, but I do not compete in Western Pleasure or Halter classes. When I did, I was ten years old and a novice, so my pony had a long, thin, natural tail and his "natural" mane (his mane is only about three inches long and sticks up like a mohawk, but lays in a forward motion so it gives him a complimentary arch - and it's natural!) The judges didn't like it and placed me last. I HATE the look of a cut mane though. My mare's tail was cut by her previous owners due to it dragging the ground, which is reasonable. Just putting my two cents in :P
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