Originally Posted by MysticL
REALLY? Perhaps I have been living under a rock or Im too old school to notice but I have never heard of this! I didn't know things like that would be allowed in shows, especially breed shows where you are exhibiting a certain animals strong points. Isn't it "cheating"?...and I use the term loosely. I don't show horses so I am interested to know.
Actually... It can be depending on the breed and the tail. It is absolutely not legal to show an arab with a fake tail and with Quarter horses there are rules on how the tail is attached (some people will tie something around the dock - to make it go numb so the horse won't "swish too much") There are also weight rules because some people have been known to put a weighted tail on a horse to force him to carry it correctly rather then flipped up the way an arab is supposed to.
So sometimes - yes. It can be "cheating". That was a good point.
They do also use them in hunter/jumper shows but I don't know the rules on that.