I realize this has been posted about many times, but in doing a search I couldn't find the answers I am looking for.
My horse lives in a paddock. He has a dry shelter, but all winter there's mud everywhere else. He has a thick, long tail, and I'd like to keep it healthy.
In the past I've always wrapped my horse's tails with vet wrap, leave it in all winter, and take it out in the spring. This helped with length, but I'd get some breakage at the top, and I don't think the payoff was worth it. How do I avoid this?
I had a couple ideas: Tail bags (instead of vet wrap), and/or simply redoing it more often throughout the winter. However, the more I have to redo it, the more I'd like to go the bag route, because I think that would be easier and faster.
I really like the idea of this bag since it's waterproof:
Dura-Tech® Waterproof/Breathable Tail Bag in Tail Bags / Protection at Schneider Saddlery
Would that cause more breakage though??? I'm starting to wonder if I should just spray his tail with leave in conditioner every so often and just leave it down all winter...
What have you had the most success with?