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post #21 of 33 Old 05-20-2011, 10:05 AM
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Kitten, tail pulling is not done over here (in the US) for very many disciplines. You might see dressage riders doing it, but pretty much no one else pulls a tail. I know it is the norm over the pond. Not the norm here.
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Kitten, tail pulling is not done over here (in the US) for very many disciplines. You might see dressage riders doing it, but pretty much no one else pulls a tail. I know it is the norm over the pond. Not the norm here.
AB, yes I never heard about pulling the tail until Faye mentioned it. But how do they make the tails to look even on end (almost every horse at the big eventing show had it like that)? Just cut across with scissors? Both my horses have pretty bald tails I have to admit, so pulling them would leave me without tail at all.

P.S. I gonna ask my trainer (if I won't forget) next time I have lesson on how to deal with the tail...

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Yes, you cut the bottom of the tail. Not common (or even thought of) in the hunter world. Done in the dressage world.
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Kitten val. Cutting a tail flat at the end is actualy quite easy if you have a good pair of clippers.

Basicly you need to comb out and condition the tal so that it doesnt tangle again. Then trot your horse up and see how high and what position he carries his tail in when he is moving. get someone else to put thier arm under the horses tail and hold it approximatly where the horse does when moving. The take hold of the tail at the base of the tail bone and run you hand down the length of the tail. Once you get couple of inches from the bottom stop, grip the hair tghtly and run the clippers in a straight line just below your hand.

If you dont have clippers and have to do it with sissors then you need to do the whole running hand down and cutting thing a couple of times.

I'm fairly sure that the Jo Bates and the other blue chip vds that posted both show how to cut a tail square as well as how to pull it. You just have to watch untill the end

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Kitten val. Cutting a tail flat at the end is actualy quite easy if you have a good pair of clippers.

Basicly you need to comb out and condition the tal so that it doesnt tangle again. Then trot your horse up and see how high and what position he carries his tail in when he is moving. get someone else to put thier arm under the horses tail and hold it approximatly where the horse does when moving. The take hold of the tail at the base of the tail bone and run you hand down the length of the tail. Once you get couple of inches from the bottom stop, grip the hair tghtly and run the clippers in a straight line just below your hand.

If you dont have clippers and have to do it with sissors then you need to do the whole running hand down and cutting thing a couple of times.

I'm fairly sure that the Jo Bates and the other blue chip vds that posted both show how to cut a tail square as well as how to pull it. You just have to watch untill the end
Thank you, Faye, that was a big help!

I gonna talk to my trainer if she thinks its a good idea at all to make it even (although its VERY uneven right now ), and if she thinks its a way to go I'll try it!

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Done in the dressage world.
I assume it's common for eventers as well (not sure they are dressagers though ). Almost EVERY horse out of 200+ at that big event couple weeks back had it cut.

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post #27 of 33 Old 05-23-2011, 11:24 PM
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It's kind of funny to say, but cutting a tail straight acorss the bottom is called "banging a tail." If done correctly, it makes the horse look like it has a fuller tail.

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Yes, you cut the bottom of the tail. Not common (or even thought of) in the hunter world. Done in the dressage world.
Idk, alot of hunters have banged tails in Canada. Maybe different where you are, though.
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I would definitely suggest practicing your braiding, especially if you want to do it the morning of the show. I only ever had to deal with banding manes, and I did it the night before until I got good at it.

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post #30 of 33 Old 05-31-2011, 02:51 PM
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Just putting in my two cents :P In the US, I think it is almost looked down upon to have a show hunter with a banged tail.
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