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post #1 of 91 Old 11-14-2011, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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The worlds longest tail

Ookay, we have had this Appy coming on a year now, his previous owners said that he has never had a mane, nor tail, and never will. And, now that we have him, I see what they mean. He will not, for the life of him grow a mane or tail. He is what they call a "Broom stick tail" or "Rat tail". He refuses to grow a mane, it always looks like a mohawk, or as I say, donkey mane. And his tail looks like a opossums tail... Its rather ugly. And natural, and nothing seems to make it grow. Is their anything, that will grow out a naturally short mane and tail? Oh, might I mention that MTG doesnt work on him either... :roll:

Oh, might I add that he is on a good diet. And as far as what the vet said, he isn't lacking anything.

Im stumped.
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post #2 of 91 Old 11-14-2011, 10:24 PM
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Can't fight genetics.
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post #3 of 91 Old 11-14-2011, 10:30 PM
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I think it may be an appy thing- I met an appy over the weekend who has the SAME thing! Owner can't get it to grow and has tried everything!

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post #4 of 91 Old 11-14-2011, 10:31 PM
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I think his mane is kinda cute! The tail on the other hand...
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post #5 of 91 Old 11-14-2011, 10:58 PM
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Horses can only reach a certain length of hair; their genetics will only allow the hair to grow so long. It's different in every horse. Some have genetic potential for very long manes. Some, like your Appy, have only the genetic potential for a rat tail and barely-there mane.

I, for one, think it's super cute. I LOVE rat tailed Appies. <3
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post #6 of 91 Old 11-14-2011, 11:00 PM
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dont worry, my app has a mane and tail that isnt HORRIBLE....but it doesnt really grow either. its an appaloosa thing.

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post #7 of 91 Old 11-14-2011, 11:02 PM
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The mane is really cute on him. Get some tail extensions for him =D
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post #8 of 91 Old 11-14-2011, 11:03 PM
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My coffee almost made contact with the keyboard. Very unique look he has going on there.
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post #9 of 91 Old 11-15-2011, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Haha, thank you for all of your comments (: Yes, its a very unique look, (To me its ugly) but its a pain in the butt when fly season is here... So I suppose I should give up trying to make it grow?

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post #10 of 91 Old 11-15-2011, 09:04 AM
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Wow! Ive honestly never seen a rat tail to that extent before!!! To be honest, I think its kind of the lines of so ugly its cute look! I can see how it would bother you though...good luck making it grow! If you find anything that seems to before and after pics of the progress!!
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