Originally Posted by equiniphile
^Breaks the hairs and thins the tail.
Originally Posted by MIEventer
Because I don't want his tail to thin out, nor do I want to break or damage the hair. The more you brush, the more you thin out the hair.
And when I do brush his tail, I use a very stiff bristled body brush, instead of a hair brush with teeth. And I will brush a little bit by little bit. The amount of hair that does come out, is no where near the amount of hair that comes out when using other tools.
We brush ours out at least twice a week and they have great full tails, except for Ghost who is Appy. He has about as good of tail as he can. Our newest mare hardly ever got touched and she had a terrible tail. Since we've had her and brushed it out, her tail is getting better. Maybe you aren't brushing it right? Start at the end of the tail and work your way up. Try using detangler. I have to brush our TWH at least once a week or her tail would be one big dreadlock. Yes some hair will break off but not as much if you brush it out regularly. Don't you brush your own hair everyday? Don't you have hair that breaks off? Your horses tail isn't that much different.