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    11-11-2012, 09:19 PM
  #11
Foal
Instead of wasting money(even though vet wrap is cheap)

1. Take a med length sock
2. Cut from the top of the sock(not the toe) down towards the toe about 1 1/2 - 2"
~ make 6 evenly spaced cuts around top creating 6 flappy slit type things
3. Braid ponies tail
4. Band the end of the braid
5. Coil the braid up just as you would with vet wrap
6. Put the sock over braid (very similar to vet wrap)
7. Take the flappy slit type things and thread them above braid through hair and tie a knot
8. Tie however many knots you need with your several flappy slit things, and you should be good.

You can just rinse the sock and reuse it when it gets dirty. Saving you vetwrap, money, and time (:
     
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    11-12-2012, 02:30 AM
  #12
Weanling
Brilliant idea about the sock! I'm loving all of these ideas actually I might try a few of them!

Keep the ideas coming!
     
    11-12-2012, 04:30 PM
  #13
Foal
I feel like a bad mummy. I do nothing special, brush it (le gasp, yes, with a brush) before each ride and spray each time I brush with carr day and martin mane and tail spray. Year round it gets trimmed a few inches every 3-4 months and its long, thick and lustrous lol. I must just be really lucky.
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    11-12-2012, 11:02 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DancingWithSunny    
I feel like a bad mummy. I do nothing special, brush it (le gasp, yes, with a brush) before each ride and spray each time I brush with carr day and martin mane and tail spray. Year round it gets trimmed a few inches every 3-4 months and its long, thick and lustrous lol. I must just be really lucky.
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hey if that works for your horse then why change it, don't fix what isn't broken you know My horse has an affair going with any mud he can find though lol seriously its like his 3rd love (food and mares come first. He thinks he's a stud I swear) so I NEED to do something, or its disgusting. Like.... alot..... haha

This is what he does to himself, and that's not even his worst, so you can only imagine what his tail gets like if I don't pull out the tricks aha
     
    11-12-2012, 11:25 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by juliette06    
instead of wasting money(even though vet wrap is cheap)

1. Take a med length sock
2. Cut from the top of the sock(not the toe) down towards the toe about 1 1/2 - 2"
~ make 6 evenly spaced cuts around top creating 6 flappy slit type things
3. Braid ponies tail
4. Band the end of the braid
5. Coil the braid up just as you would with vet wrap
6. Put the sock over braid (very similar to vet wrap)
7. Take the flappy slit type things and thread them above braid through hair and tie a knot
8. Tie however many knots you need with your several flappy slit things, and you should be good.

You can just rinse the sock and reuse it when it gets dirty. Saving you vetwrap, money, and time (:
I will be trying this tomorrow with my mare before going and buying vet wrap lol.. I never thouht about making it to where you had to tie the sock in. That would work a lot better!
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    11-13-2012, 12:07 AM
  #16
Banned
Dont use tail bags in cold freezeing weather lol my tail bag got wet and froze the the fence my horse was standing by and ripped out alot of his tail
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    11-13-2012, 12:35 AM
  #17
Yearling
When fall hits and the weather starts changing we put all our performance horses tails in the braid in tail bags and leave it in for a couple weeks. It really keeps the horses tails nice through out the winter and especially spring when things get SO muddy.


     
    11-13-2012, 12:45 AM
  #18
Banned
I love ur blankets soooo pretty!
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    11-18-2012, 10:39 PM
  #19
Foal
Braiding hair on hair actually breaks it. I use old pantyhose. I cut it shorter in the late fall, clean it real good, condition it and braid it into pantyhose. I take it down 2 or 3 times throughout the winter and condition it again. I do not wash the conditioner out and I use Dove usually. It's longer, prettier, stays full and thick and smells pretty in the spring!
     
    11-18-2012, 10:51 PM
  #20
Foal
I find that Braiding it and putting it in a tail bag and redo it once a week at least is very helpful! Also washing it and conditioning it every once in a while is beneficial too!
     

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