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post #11 of 19 Old 04-20-2012, 05:41 AM
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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.
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post #12 of 19 Old 04-20-2012, 05:59 AM
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lol, it's just artifice. Everybody has a fake tail, just like everybody has a silver saddle, and everybody has a bejeweled rail shirt, etc. etc. The only "performance enhancing" aspect of having a tail is if you get a horse with a higher tail carriage, a little extra weight will help keep it down flat. But that's about it. It's all for looks, and if you don't have one you kind of stick out like a sore thumb. People even wear them in the over fences classes. As long as they are put in well they just look like everybody else's horse. Personally, I like them because it makes their butts look bigger. :)
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Best they are put in well for horses going over fences in case they are lost along the way :) ha ha ha!
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Personally don't like them....
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^^ me neither I must admit, but each to their own preferences :) I guess it can help certain horses who battle with tails
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Many reasons have been covered. The biggest point is that if you are showing stock horse breed shows, it is expected you will have one in the majority of classes (exceptions include halter, cattle classes, etc.).

They also, as mentioned, help quiet an active tail or encourage a horse to hold the tail down. Both things are desirable.

Another reason for a fake tail, especially a larger one, can be to help disguise a horse with not the best hock action. If you have a horse with a lovely front leg, but it doesn't move as nicely behind, a big fake tail can serve as a distraction and help cover up the hocks. Seeing as we are taking about horse shows, you want to do what you can to present the best possible image. Covering flaws is part of that, and a fake tail can help.
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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.

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Many reasons have been covered. The biggest point is that if you are showing stock horse breed shows, it is expected you will have one in the majority of classes (exceptions include halter, cattle classes, etc.).

They also, as mentioned, help quiet an active tail or encourage a horse to hold the tail down. Both things are desirable.

Another reason for a fake tail, especially a larger one, can be to help disguise a horse with not the best hock action. If you have a horse with a lovely front leg, but it doesn't move as nicely behind, a big fake tail can serve as a distraction and help cover up the hocks. Seeing as we are taking about horse shows, you want to do what you can to present the best possible image. Covering flaws is part of that, and a fake tail can help.
I actually never considered that. I think I need a bigger tail!

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(some people will tie something around the dock - to make it go numb so the horse won't "swish too much") supposed to.
Where did you hear that? I've never heard of or seen that done.

The rules are for hair to hair attachment. AQHA has no weight limit at this time. If a horse wants to pick their tail up with a weighted extension in, they absolutely can.
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