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    04-25-2008, 08:26 PM
I always stand RIGHT next to my horse, to the right or left of his butt. And I bring his tail to me. That way he is NOT able to kick me, should he spook at something. =]
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    04-26-2008, 01:08 PM
When you brush the tail...hmm...I will try explain it to make sense and easy.
Go directly behind the tail, and then scoot about two feet to the side, grab the horses tail and brush it.

That's pretty much what everyone else said, though!
    04-26-2008, 01:51 PM
Green Broke
Well I stand behind my mare but that's because I trust her. Other horses that I don't really know I try and stand off to the side.
    04-27-2008, 02:57 AM
A few good things have been brought up. I would also stay away from their hind end if you don't know the horse or just simply don't trust him/her. I will stand directly next to the hind leg to the side. If I can stand further back I will tho I find that the second you stand to their side, no matter where they can do their "outward swing kick" if they want and get you anyways, so if you brush their tail you really have to stay close to them so it hurts less when you get the hit

Not to many options available to not get kicked. You stand there, you're at risk no matter the location.
    04-29-2008, 06:18 PM
When I brush the horses tail I grab it then stand off to the side so I don't get kicked. Also horses can't feel it when you tug on there maine.But on the tail the feel it. I grab the top of the tail with one hand and brush lower with the other.
    04-29-2008, 10:06 PM
Wow, I can't believe how many people stand behind their horses. I guess I just learned to never do that and it's ingrained now. But I can't figure out how you would even brush the tail from behind. There is nothing to brush against that way. I always stand to the side, always touching the horse. I do it much like Vidaloco does -- start at the top, then take up the bottom in my hand and brush out the snarls from the bottom up, until I meet where I left off from the top.

As for not brushing the tail so it stays full -- an easy fix for brittle hair, aside from hair products, is to use a stiff body brush instead of a tail brush or comb. It will get the worst of the dirt out, and if you brush it regularly, the tangles won't get as bad as if you just leave the tail be.

All that said, on the weekend I braided my mare's tail because it's too long and I'm really tired of brushing out the mud. Last spring I cut a few inches off, but it really does take an awfully long time for it to grow back. I figure I'll leave the braid in until it dries up around here -- just in time for fly season so she'll have her tail back!
    05-12-2008, 02:29 AM
Like somebody else said I can't remember who it was, but if the horse is perfectly fine with you picking up their hind feet, then brushing their tail shouldn't be a problem, unless you don't trust that horse.
I stand behind my horse but not directly because I know he can't see there, but off to the side a little and I wear brightly colored clothes so im pretty easy to see, I also sing when I groom him so he knows im back there, and it relaxes him to hear the calm tones in my voice. Of course my horse when I first got him didn't like his tail brushed let alone his butt touched lol
I just worked with him and he's totally fine with it now.
Good luck!
    05-16-2008, 09:37 PM
Originally Posted by WSArabians
Safety wise, you should stand to the side of your horse to ensure that you won't get kicked quite as easy - don't forget that it's not impossible to get kicked standing at the side either - Horses have amazing aim.
Heh.Very true. The only time my boy's caught me was a cow kick, one of those side-winders.

I stand behind Hoover when I brush his tail, fairly close so he can't really haul off and get me...it's more of a shove then. Hoover does tend to warn before he kicks, however, so I usually have time to correct him or avoid it. I hold it about half way down, and work on small sections. I add more hair to the small section until the tail is done, then work the whole tail. I use a pin brush, but generally only brush his tail if he's just had a bath or is very tangly.

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