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  • Bald around tail horse
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    05-19-2011, 10:02 AM
Green Broke
Takes me about 20 mins to plait a mane, up to 40 mins if I have to put falsies in.

With tails I cut the bottom of it level with the hocks when carried. I pull the top to shape it. Will stick a photo of prides half pulled tail up when I get home.
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    05-19-2011, 12:54 PM
Originally Posted by faye    
Will stick a photo of prides half pulled tail up when I get home.

I also going to do some youtube search on how to take care of the tail (as I never did it in past).
    05-19-2011, 04:31 PM
Green Broke
This is prides tail as it is at the moment. Bare in mind this is not finnished and I would not put him in the showring with it as it is.

It is much like pulling a mane, same technique and you just pull all over the top of the tail untill you start getting a hint of bald patches. I prefer to take my time over pulling it and I don't draw blood (which is quite easy on a tail) so It can take me 2 to 3 weeks to fully pull a tail and then I just keep on top of it for show season.
You need to wet it and wrap it for an hour each evening to maintain the shape.
    05-19-2011, 04:36 PM
I've seen people get a similar effect with clippers faye, any reason why you pull instead?
    05-19-2011, 05:03 PM
Green Broke
Because clippers NEVER give the same effect, you never get the waisted effect and when it grows back you get a toilet brush effect. Believe me any half trained eye can tell the difference between clipped and properly pulled.

Good videos on how to pull a tail.

This is very good for tail pulling but I'm not fussed about the way she puts on a tail bandage
    05-19-2011, 05:28 PM
Green Broke
Both of these tails have been clipped and personaly I feel both of these look crap.

    05-19-2011, 08:30 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
And one more question to everyone... How long does it take to braid? Morning definitely sounds like a better option, but I wonder what time to get up then. :)
It takes me about twenty minutes to braid, using rubber bands. I always allow myself at least thirty minutes though because I hate rushing or feeling under pressure.
    05-19-2011, 08:46 PM
Green Broke
I always plait with thread, you can do so much more to shape a plait if you use thread.

This is one of my plaiting jobs, took about 20 mins and I plaited him in the lorry on the way to the show (because as usual we were running late so mum drove and I plaited, hence they are not the best plaits in the world)
Please ignore the phony eyeing up my chips!
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    05-19-2011, 09:10 PM
^ I'm sure that braiding with thread is much neater and I would love to learn how to do it from someone who was very skilled at it. I'd also love to know how to do proper scalloped braids with thread.

But here's one of my barn's horses braided with black rubber bands at a show last weekend:
    05-20-2011, 10:51 AM
Thank you, folks! I'm thinking about starting practicing in braiding from now on! :)

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