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.
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.
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!