I just have a quick question for you guys. Sorry to hijack! I have no issues keeping my horses tail long, my problem is I'm trying to work on getting it thicker! I wasn't as knowledgable about hair growth before so I would brush it out all the time and not condition it...so it got very thin. I haven't brushed her tail for a couple months now and the shorter strands are growing out...but I'm afraid if I braid and vet wrap, that righ where the braid starts and the vet wrap is, the hair will break and defeat the purpose. Does anyone have any advice on how to keep a tail THICK as opposed to long? Am I just braiding it too tight or what? THANKS!
Don't worry about it! I totally don't mind you asking related questions on my thread. :)
I've noticed a marked improvment in the thickness of Lacey's tail by simply never touching it, with anything, unless I've already put copious amounts of detangler in. Over the summer I was actually brushing it about once a week, sometimes more, and she was getting bi-weekly baths and as long as I didn't go near it without detangler, it was ok.
Another thing I've learned is to always start at the bottom (and get it tangle-free) then work my way up when brushing it.
I braid Lacey's tail pretty tightly and it's ok for her, but I would assume that it probably depends on the type of hair your horse has. Lacey has really good, thick hair (even the strands of hair themselves are thick) as a general rule so maybe that helps it not break when it's braided.
Another thing I just thought of was that I also make sure that silicone based products (ShowSheen, etc) NEVER come near Lacey's hair, except right after a bath when her hair is still soaking wet and I need to brush it. Back when I first got her and I had never thought about what to use on a tail, I swore by ShowSheen. But, after a year or so of using it regularly, I discovered that it was really just making her hair extremely brittle, thin, and prone to breakage. Once I stopped using it, I saw the thickness of Lacey's tail increase significantly and it started feeling so much healthier. Now, she hasn't been touched by ShowSheen in over a year and her hair feels like really healthy human hair where it used to feel like, I don't even know, something gross and sick.
On the Lacey's tail front, I made her a "braid in" tail bag and within 4 hours, she had removed it, somehow, from herself and lost it in her pasture. Something makes me think she maybe doesn't like having her tail bagged.
So, if anybody has tips on how to get it to stay in her tail like it's glued in, well, I'm willing to make another one and give it a try but don't anybody hold their breath. :P