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post #1 of 4 Old 01-20-2011, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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Cooler Tail Cord - Huh??

So, how exactly do you fasten a tail cord on a cooler? And what is its purpose?

From the name, I assume that I tie the 2 D-rings on either side of the tail together with the tail cord. However, when I do this (either on top or under the tail), my horse manages to poop all over the rear inside of his cooler. Then, as he moves around, this fresh poop get smeared all over his clean, white cheeks.

So, I've been leaving the tail cord untied and sometimes I even flip the back end of his cooler up over his croup to protect it from poop! What am I doing wrong?? He doesn't have this poop problem with normal blankets (with tail flap and normal leg straps).

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-20-2011, 08:05 AM
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It sounds like your cooler is too long and/or you have the tail cord too tight.

The tail cord is there so the cooler is not blown up over the horses back if there is a gust of wind. It also helps keep the cooler centered on the horses back (prevents it from sliding down one side).


If you move your cursor over the image of the cooler you will get a blow up view. You can see how the horses tail is over the tail cord but the cooler itself is not under the horses tail.

Yes, the tail cord will get dirty if you use it properly. But the cooler should not be getting dirty.
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Thanks for the info. Yeah, my coolers are all probably too big (hey, I always find great deals on clearance/left-over horse is an 81). I guess I'll just keep folding it up over his croup until I splurge and get one that fits properly. Two of mine have cross belly surcingles, so I don't have the problem of it sliding to one side.

It's funny how some of the tail cords are fancily braided yet they're just made to go under the tail and get poopy!

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post #4 of 4 Old 01-20-2011, 09:21 PM
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Yes, I tie mine under the tail. My qh keeps in clean, my paint all over that rope so I have to clean and dry it after every trailering I use it on.
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